For constipation, a medical treatment typically consists of dietary modification, increased fluid intake and exercise frequency, but many people do not respond to these interventions. Osteopathy may be a solution for you!
Osteopathic treatment is claimed to restore normal function to the digestive system and related somatic structures and may provide an effective treatment for constipation
Instead of just masking the problem, it’s better to find the cause of the problem and work towards correcting it. Two main factors must be mentioned to explain the phenomenon of constipation:
Constipation often happens because of a low-fiber or high-fat diet, lack of exercise, and not drinking enough fluids. Certain medications, not going when you feel the urge, laxative abuse, and pregnancy can also lead to constipation.
Dietary advice to help constipation:
- Drink regularly;
- Avoid refined foods (white sugar, alcohol, fries, fats, etc.);
- Focus on whole foods including: Black bread, Whole cereals such as oat bran and psyllium; Eat fruits such as apple, cherry, prune; Eat, in general, foods containing fibres.
The emotional factor and stress shouldn’t be forgotten in the treatment of constipation.
Overall, people who have constipation have experienced a significant event; an emotional shock, a stress and there might be a birth defect as a result of a breach.
In any case, it will be important for the patient to talk about the problem. Moreover, by performing a work of osteopathy cranial one can manage to reduce the stress that often plays a role in the phenomenon of constipation.
How Osteopathy can help constipation
Osteopathy can have a significant result in the treatment and management of your constipation. An osteopath will view the patient as a whole rather than just the symptoms to determine the most appropriate course of action.
The key to treatment is to use visceral manipulation (hands-on technique) to:
- Restore mobility to the small and large intestine;
- Restart the motility to the small and large intestine;
- Decongest and remove adhesions;
- Harmonise the fascia around intestine;
- Promote good abdominal vasculature.
The osteopath can add Cranial Osteopathy at the end to regulate the innervation of the intestine and ensure its proper functioning, in harmony with the primary respiration.
Most of our patients report an improvement in the overall severity of constipation, symptoms and quality of life.
This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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