Women, men, and children may experience bowel dysfunction for a variety of reasons. Bowel dysfunction is multifactorial and generally falls into two broad categories:
- Pelvic floor muscle tension - symptoms of constipation or rectal pain
- Pelvic floor muscle weakness - symptoms of gas or fecal incontinence
Therapy targets the muscles surrounding the anal canal. Your care plan may include: biofeedback training for muscle strengthening and relaxation, exercises to enhance muscle coordination, electrical stimulation for pain or muscle weakness, and education on nutrition and toileting positions.