Bowel Related Pelvic Health Tips


By Kristin Kenny, PT, DPT

Not many people realize that there are physical therapists specially trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation. These therapists are available to help both men and women suffering from conditions such as incontinence (urinary or fecal), constipation, pelvic pain or dysfunction (including vaginal, urethral, perineal, rectal, scrotal or abdominal), pregnancy-related problems, post-surgical pain or dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, and prolapse.

We are proud to say that two of our ARC Physical Therapy clinics feature pelvic floor therapists (Westmont and Orland Park). Over the next month, Kristin Kenny (one of our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists), will share some specific pelvic floor health tips


Bowel Related Pelvic Health Tips:

  • If you need to strain consistently to have a bowel movement or have fewer than 3 BM per week, this can cause the pelvic floor muscles to start not working properly. Try to increase fiber intake to 35g per day, increase water intake to at least 6-8 glasses a day and place your feet on a stool when having a bowel movement (really great for kids too!).
  • Do not hold your breath when having a bowel movement, instead exhale through pursed lips as if you are blowing out candles.
  • Long term, regular use of laxatives may lead to constipation and possible pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Fecal incontinence, or involuntary loss of gas or stool, can be related to pelvic floor weakness which can be improved upon with muscle re-training and strengthening with a skilled pelvic floor physical therapist.
  • Physical therapy can be helpful in treatment of symptoms in mild cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


To talk with a therapist regarding your pelvic floor related questions, please call us at (630) 323-8646.

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