Constipation is a condition in which a person suffers from infrequent or hard, dry bowel movements or a combination of these. Although everyone is different, generally infrequent bowel movements are considered less than three per week. Constipation, which can become chronic if not treated, may lead to abdominal pain, rectal prolapses and anal fissures (painful tears in the skin around the anus). It can also cause bladder infections by not allowing the bladder to drain completely. Constipation is especially common in children and pregnant women.
Traditional medicine generally treats constipation with medication – over the counter or prescription – fiber supplements, laxatives or changes in diet. Most of these approaches, however, only address the symptoms. Dietary changes may help in some cases but aren’t always effective. Many individuals have a well-balanced diet and still suffer from constipation. This is because constipation can be caused by underlying restrictive tensions of the visceral organs, such as compression, adhesion or strain of the ligaments and connective tissues around these organs. Injuries and falls, particularly those on the buttocks and tailbone, can cause such tension in the last part of the colon. Tension at the base of the skull can also cause the small intestine and first part of the colon to slow down. The body’s organs move in sync with one another, as well as with the motion of the diaphragm, ribs, and spine. When motion is limited it can slow down the movement of organs in the abdomen. The result is often constipation. At Bay Area Osteopathic, mobility is restored with osteopathic manipulation. While specifics may differ between patients, these techniques will likely include fascial release of the iliopsoas (hip flexor) and release of the sacrum and cranial base. Gentle visceral manipulation of the bowel can be particularly helpful to mobilize if there are any adhesions.
It absolutely is. Osteopathic manipulation is extremely safe and effective in treating a wide variety of issues suffered by babies, including newborns, as well as children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to constipation, these include reflux, colic and other feeding issues and various problems with sleep.
Osteopathic manipulation has been shown to be safe and effective in pregnancy, decreasing pain, and complications.
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