Bloating and Constipation
Most people don’t immediately think of digestive health when they think of physical therapy treatments. However, there are actually multiple benefits that physical therapy can bring to gastrointestinal wellness.
Bloating and constipation are two of the most common gastrointestinal issues that people face but may be too embarrassed to talk about. However, at Redefining Health Physical Therapy, we are here to help. If you are facing bloating or constipation in your everyday life, request an in-home physical therapy appointment. We can provide the treatments you need to get your GI tract functioning properly again!
How can I help treat my bloating and constipation?
Bloating and constipation may be caused by an underlying condition, but the most common reason it goes untreated is due to embarrassment.
On your own, you can attend your annual physicals. First and foremost, attending yearly physicals and being honest with your doctor, no matter how embarrassed you may feel, is the best way to treat or avoid bloating and constipation from becoming a problem.
With a Portland, OR mobile physical therapist, you can work together to create a treatment plan that will correct this condition. It is likely that our physical therapist will perform manual therapy including visceral manipulation (hands-on therapy to help your organs move the way they are intended to), pelvic floor therapy and specialized core exercise training to treat bloating and constipation, and the results are resoundingly successful with most patients. Visceral manipulation, pelvic floor rehabilitation, and specialized core training can optimize the mechanics of your digestive system and wake up your core muscles to aid with normalized elimination, which can help relieve and eliminate bloating and/or constipation.
Exercise and the GI tract:
It is likely that our physical therapist will also prescribe targeted exercises to get your GI tract moving properly again and relieve any bloating or constipation you may be experiencing.
When you exercise, the gut is stimulated, which increases intestinal activity. This provides proper blood flow to the muscles, including those in the digestive system, thus allowing food to easily pass through. Exercising also increases gut microbiota, which is linked to improved metabolic and inflammatory markers.
Athletes typically have higher levels of gut microbiota, as they are constantly exercising and practicing healthy lifestyle choices. By exercising for at least thirty minutes a day, 5 times a week, in addition to maintaining a nutritional diet, you will notice a significant decrease in GI condition-related symptoms.
Relieve your bloating and constipation today:
At your appointment, one of our dedicated Portland, OR in-home physical therapists will work closely with you to design a treatment plan specifically fit for your needs. For a treatment plan focused around bloating and constipation relief, the majority of your treatments will revolve around hands-on organ-specific treatment, gentle exercises, specialized core exercise training, and pelvic floor rehabilitation, aimed at moving your body in optimal ways for enhanced digestion.
If you are looking to get rid of your bloating and constipation, and to improve your digestive tract altogether, request an in-home physical therapy appointment today. We will get you started on the right path toward better and more comfortable GI health.