How does Pelvic Health Physiotherapy help with bowels?

By Lakeview Physio
Julie Tschofen
MScPT, Acupuncture, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Gayle Hulme
BScPT, Acupuncture, Certified Gunn IMS, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health
May 3, 2021

A Sometimes un-POOP-ular Topic

How does Pelvic Health Physiotherapy help with bowels?

A Sometimes un-POOP-ular Topic

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:

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


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