Bowel Problems 

The first and most important point to remember is that everyone with a bowel problem can be helped and many can be completely cured. Here at Bodyowrks we have many years of expereince in this area. Katrina works very closely with local GPs and the Colo-rectal surgeons. 
Bowel/faecal incontinence 
Bowel incontinence is more common than you might believe and is more prevalent than asthma or diabetes. Sadly, it is a very delicate subject that is not openly talked about. Some people who suffer with bowel incontinence learn how to cope, but many restrict their lives around the issues with their bowels, by not going out, choosing clothes carefully and avoiding certain relationship areas. 
There are many causes of bowel incontinence. these can include damage to the pelvic floor muscles in childbirth, especially the external anal sphincter muscle, really loose stools, constipation and disease or injury to the nerves that control our bowels. 
Treatment will include: 
Strengthening exercises for the external anal sphincter 
Bowel advice including the correct postion to open your bowels 
Fluid and dietary advice 
Bowel training advice if there is also an element of urgency 
Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass, the stool is often hard and dry. People do think they suffer with constipation if they do not manage to open their bowels every day. Normal bowel movements can be from three times a day to every third day. 
The most common causes include: 
Not eating enough fibre – such as fruit, vegetables and cereals 
Not drinking enough fluids 
Not exercising or being less active 
Often ignoring the urge to go to the toilet 
Changing your diet or daily routine 
Stress, anxiety or depression 
A side effect of medication 
Treatment will include: 
Teaching you how to sit on the toilet correctly 
Diet and fluid advice 
Pelvic floor muscle re-education 
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you must see your GP as soon as possible: 
Bleeding from your back passage 
Blood in your stools (faeces), which can make them look bright red, dark red, or black 
A change in normal bowel habits lasting three weeks or more 
Unexplained weight loss and tiredness 
An unexplained pain or lump in your tummy 
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