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Constipation - Causes & Treatment with Osteopathy | Osteopathy Health Care

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.


  1. Correct vertebral lesions (The lower half of spine will usually be the cause)

  2. Manipulate the liver

  3. Knead the bowels along the line of the colon

  4. Knead the abdomen

  5. Set the coccyx, if dislocated

  6. Dilate the sphincter ani with a rectal dilator

  7. Relax the muscles of the lower part of the back by proper measures

  8. Raise the lower ribs

  9. Extend the neck and neck muscles

  10. 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

Book your Initial Consultation now and treat your constipation now!


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