Julie Tschofen and Gayle Hulme, both pelvic health physiotherapists, created a (first!) live Instagram video in March 2021 to talk about bowel issues and how pelvic health therapists can help.
Bowel health includes having full control of bowel movements. This means that problems can arise with poor control where accidents (incontinence) occur with loss of stool or gas. It also includes proper timing and evacuation of bowel movements for the constipated patient. Rectal balloon training can assist in retraining all of these concerns by improving rectal muscle control, sensory feedback, and tissue flexibility.
Click here to watch the entire video recording: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CM_H0_WJ9QG/?igshid=1ptxe6ag0sl4a
Timeline for video to skip ahead:
00:25 – Gayle thinks sideways viewing of her camera works
01:15 – Julie’s DUPLO® block phone hack
01:45 – Disclaimers
03:46 – What is a Balloon Catheter?
09:45 – Statistics of incidence of bowel incontinence
11:10 – 3rd and 4th degree perineal tears
12:35 – Treatment, expectations, and success rate
16:15 – Improving Bowel incontinence
17:30 – When not to use balloon catheter training
18:34 – Improving Constipation
22:23 – More on bowel incontinence
23:21 – Tips for practitioners using this technique
30:00 – Urge suppression ideas
31:20 – Stool consistency: Solid, Liquid, Gas
34:00 – Q & A