Constipation can have a major impact on the pelvic floor and pelvic health symptoms. Yet most of us don't even realize we're constipated!
It's one of the most overlooked aspects of pelvic health. If your pelvic PT hasn't looked at constipation as a driver of your symptoms you may be missing a major piece of the puzzle!
In this video below, check out how to do a self-massage (called a colon massage) to alleviate constipation and promote better pelvic health!
Colon Massage: A gentle abdominal massage to stimulate the bowels and alleviate constipation for better pelvic health
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Performing a Colon Massage to Alleviate Constipation for Pelvic Health
Using gentle circles and starting just above the right hip-bone, massage in gentle clockwise circles with both hands. Keep it gentle and then move up and follow the path of the colon.
You'll work up towards your ribcage, across your abdomen and down the left side of your abdomen to the left hip bone.
Go gently and do this rotation three times and follow it with a room temperature glass of water to facilitate the movement of waste through the bowels to alleviate constipation.
Dr. Nicole Cozean is the founder of PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Orange County, CA. PelvicSanity treats patients from all over the world with remote consultations and the Immersive Out of Town Program. She also runs Pelvic PT Rising, training other pelvic PTs to better serve patients.