Pelvic floor patient receiving treatment for chronic constipation at Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in Madison, NJ.

Chronic Constipation

Have you been experiencing the frustrating symptoms of chronic constipation? This ailment can sometimes feel difficult or embarrassing to discuss with your doctor.

However, constipation is a very common gastrointestinal disorder. In fact, every year more than 2.5 million people visit their doctors to seek treatment for constipation in the United States alone. So if you've been struggling with the pesky symptoms of chronic constipation, you are certainly not an outlier!

Physical therapy at Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in Madison, NJ can grant you the relief you've been searching for. Contact our clinic today to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated staff members. Relief from constipation is right around the corner.

What is chronic constipation?

Constipation is defined as infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools. Chronic constipation lasts for several weeks or longer and is generally characterized by a lack of more than three bowel movements per week.

The following demographics have a greater risk of experiencing chronic constipation:
• Those over the age of 65
• Women and pregnant women
• People who live a sedentary lifestyle or are unable to exercise due to a spinal cord injury or physical disability

At Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, our physical therapy staff has a variety of tools and modalities used to successfully treat chronic constipation.

The Treatment You Can Expect In Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists are experts at treating chronic constipation. We can determine the specific kind of constipation you are experiencing and formulate an individualized treatment plan that meets your exact needs.

It's possible that you could be experiencing either “slow transit constipation” or “functional constipation.” Slow transit constipation can be reflective of a colon issue or the result of stress and over-activity in the pelvic floor.

Functional constipation is when the pelvic floor muscles contract instead of relax when attempting to pass stools. This makes passing stools extremely difficult. Depending on your type of constipation, you may be prescribed:
• Abdominal colon massage training
• Toileting postures and patterns
• Pelvic floor muscle training
• Myofascial release

What's The Next Step?

At Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, our certified physical therapists will provide you with a thorough evaluation to determine what the best treatment plan will be for you. We understand how inhibiting pain and stiffness can be, and we want to help get you back to comfortably living your life. We'll help lift all of your physical stresses away!

Please email to book an appointment, or call our office at 908-443-9880.