By definition, constipation refers to the infrequent or difficult evacuation of the feces. In other words, days could have gone by since you have successfully passed motion. In theory, it is said that if you've had lesser than 3 bowel movements a week, you have constipation. However, the frequency at which each person "goes" differs from person to person. Therefore, no matter your bowel movement pattern, it's important that you don't stray too far from it.
There are several clear signs of constipation though. These include :
Dry and hard stools
Painful bowel movement
Uneasiness of not having emptied bowels
In situations like these, you'd take laxatives to help with emptying the bowel. However, Osteopathy identifies some causes to eliminate the root cause.
Persons of a bilious or nervous temperament
Sedentary habits (e.g. desk-bound or physically inactive)
Lack of exercise
Prolonged mental work, anxiety or worry
Irregular habits, diet and drugs and the constant use of cathartics (treatment for ingestion of toxic substances) are usually existing causes. It may also be associated with other intestinal disorders.
Correct vertebral lesions (The lower half of spine will usually be the cause)
Manipulate the liver
Knead the bowels along the line of the colon
Knead the abdomen
Set the coccyx, if dislocated
Dilate the sphincter ani with a rectal dilator
Relax the muscles of the lower part of the back by proper measures
Raise the lower ribs
Extend the neck and neck muscles
Apply vibration to the spine from the first to the fourth sacral vertebra
With proper treatment and diet, constipation can be revoked. We recommend this simple diet.
Drink plenty of water, buttermilk and acid beverages
Eat fruits, cooked vegetables and honey
Avoid too much starchy foods and sweets
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