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Constipation can wreak havoc on daily plans and quality of life. It's uncomfortable and inconvenient. Who has time to be constipated?! Read on to learn how to get rid of constipation fast at home naturally.
First things first, what is constipation? While we've all certainly experienced changes in our pooping habits, constipation has some defining features. Technically, constipation is passing less than 3 bowel movements per week. In addition, there are other features that identify constipation:
Pooping patterns vary from person to person. Unlike peeing, which should be relatively similar among people, pooping patterns are typically more variable. Some go multiple times per day while others go once or every other day. As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I tend to look more at how a person's pooping pattern is affecting their life. If someone is pooping just 4 times per week but having no difficulty with it and it's not affecting their life negatively, this may not be an issue. On the other hand, if someone normally poops every day and then begin to poop every other day along with straining, that could be more concerning.
Constipation is very common. When I worked as a PT at a large hospital system, a large portion of my caseload included those suffering with constipation. According to Cleveland Clinic, at least 2.5 million people seek care from their doctors for constipation each year. Unfortunately, constipation does not discriminate when it comes to age, but there are a few factors that put people at higher risk of experiencing constipation. These include:
Constipation has a variety of causes from lifestyle factors to medical conditions. Some common causes of constipation include:
In addition to difficulty passing poop or decreasing frequency of bowel movements, there are other symptoms of constipation that are not as obvious all the time. These include:
The treatment for constipation can vary greatly from person to person. Treatment can vary depending on how chronic the constipation is and what the root cause of the constipation is. For example, if constipation started after a acutely stressful life event, treatment may focus on relaxation and breathing. If constipation has been ongoing for years, focusing on pelvic floor coordination may be needed. The following is a list of tips for constipation at home. Though do remember, if these tips do not help, pelvic floor therapy can help get to the root cause of constipation.
While constipation is common, remember it is not something you need to suffer with. If the tips above to get rid of constipation fast at home naturally don't do the job, consider making an appointment with your doctor or a pelvic floor therapist. Pelvic floor therapists are highly qualified to get to the root cause of your constipation as well as identify the need for a referral to a specialist.
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