As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I spend a lot of time with patients talking about poop. Whether she isn't going enough, going to much, can't control when it's happening and anything in between. I gotta admit it- this post probably should have been released before last week's, but there isn't much we can do about that now. In this post, I will be going over the basics of digestion, the anatomy and physiology of pooping, and ending with a few tips for potty training (whether it's your toddler or retraining yourself!).
Everybody poops! That’s a children’s book for a good reason. We all poop and when we don’t - it’s a problem. Constipation is defined differently by pretty much everyone. The simplest definition is less than 3 bowel movements per week. Constipation is associated with headaches, decreased energy, bad breath, difficulty concentrating, decreased appetite, abdominal bloating, gas, skin problems, and depression. In 2008, people spent over $725 million on over the counter laxatives! We’ve all been there at some point right? Whether it was travel, stress, too much cheese (is there really such a thing though…) constipation happens. Here are 6 medication free ways you can use to get on a regular #2 schedule!