What it is
Bowel movements are difficult or occur less often than normal. Chronic or persistent constipation can cause damage to the muscles of the pelvic floor, and even stretching of certain pelvic nerves. In addition, constipation can create additional pressure on the bladder and urethra, which can even cause an increase in the frequency of urination and retention.
Infrequent bowel movements, excessive straining, hard or small stools, a sense that everything didn’t come out, along with a swollen abdomen or abdominal pain are indications of constipation.
In addition to diet and exercise, Pelvic Physical Therapy for constipation can focus on awareness training, where patients are taught to retrain their pelvic floor muscles for better bowel movement control.