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How to Manage Bowel Issues: Tips and Strategies

I am a physical therapist so I understand how difficult it can be for men to talk about bowel issues. But don’t lose hope! With my extensive experience treating bowel issues, I am here to provide practical tips and strategies to manage these issues effectively. Bowel issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or health status. It’s essential to seek help and support to improve your bowel health and overall quality of life. 

In this blog, I will discuss practical tips and strategies for men to manage their bowel issues effectively. So let’s get started.

Things to Help Manage Bowel Issues

  1. Eat a balanced diet

First, focus on eating a balanced diet with adequate fiber, fruits, and vegetables. This can help regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation. Remember, not all types of fiber are equal. Soluble fiber, found in oats, beans, and peas, can help soften stool and ease bowel movements, while insoluble fiber, found in whole grains and vegetables, adds bulk to stool and can help promote regular bowel movements. It’s important to include both types of fiber in your diet.

Check out our blog about the impact of diet on bowel health and how physical therapy can help.

  1. Stay hydrated

Next, stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause constipation and make bowel issues worse. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. If you’re struggling to drink enough water, try flavored water or herbal tea to increase your fluid intake.

  1. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise is also key for improving bowel movements. Exercises like walking, cycling, and swimming can increase blood flow to the intestines and promote regular bowel movements. However, it’s important to consult with your doctor or physical therapist before starting any exercise program, especially if you have severe bowel issues.

For more detailed information about exercises to improve bowel control check out this blog.

  1. Practice good bowel habits

It’s also essential to practice good bowel habits. Try to establish a regular bowel routine by going to the bathroom at the same time each day. Allow enough time to fully empty your bowels, and avoid straining or holding your breath while on the toilet. If you’re experiencing constipation, you may also try a squatting position, which can help facilitate bowel movements.

  1. Consider biofeedback therapy

Lastly, consider biofeedback therapy. This non-invasive technique can help improve bowel control by teaching you how to relax and contract your pelvic floor muscles. Biofeedback therapy involves placing sensors on your abdomen and buttocks to monitor muscle activity while you practice pelvic floor exercises. Your physical therapist can help you develop a personalized biofeedback program to improve your bowel control.

Get Help!

If you are a man experiencing bowel problems, seeking help from a professional can greatly benefit you. At Pelvis NYC, I have years of experience in treating bowel issues and can provide personalized advice and treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help and start managing your bowel issues effectively. Visit our website now!

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