The Good Bowel Habit By Dr Robyn Nagel & Shirley Owen*
Are you going to the toilet in a way that protects your pelvic floor? Learn all you need to know about the bowel and how it relates to pelvic floor health by Gastroenterologist and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. Another excellent Australian authored book.
A must have book for anyone experiencing bowel problems, including constipation.
This is a completely updated and re-written edition of the highly acclaimed "Pelvic Floor Function and the Bowel".
Packed with information and excellent illustrations, this volume covers:
- Bowel function and anatomy
- The role of the pelvic floor muscles
- Bowel problems and their management, including constipation, faecal incontinence, pain conditions, and specific bowel disorders
- Suggestions on ways to improve bowel function and pelvic floor strengthening
- Practical strategies for coping
The book is intended as a simple, self-help guide to improve understanding of constipation, difficult bowel evacuation and faecal incontinence.
It opens with the following quote:
" I have finally kum to the konklusion, that a godd reliable sett ov bowels iz worth more tu a man, than enny quantity of brains"
Josh Billings 1866
Dr Robyn Nagel is a gastro-enterologist in practice in Toowoomba, Qld and Shirley Owen is a retired women's health physiotherapist. Between them they have 30 years' experience in their fields.
As well as bringing their outstanding professional knowledge, they also discuss these difficult issues with a sense of empathy with those who are experiencing problems.
Full colour photographic illustrations are used throughout.
- A good bowel habit
- Difficult bowel habits
- How does the bowel function?
- Clinical assessment
- The pelvic floor- what is it?
- The pelvic floor - more about the muscles
- muscle tone
- pelvic floor outlet muscles
- pelvic platform muscles
- The pelvic floor, core stability and the abdominal cylinder
- Pelvic floor weakness - the descent begins
- Pelvic floor weakness - signs and symptoms
- Clinical evaluation of the pelvic floor
- Pelvic floor weakness - who is at increased risk?
- simplpe constipation
- slow transit
- obstructed defaecation
- Faecal Incontinence
- central control / local control / causes / assessment / management /
- Pain around the back passage
- anal fissure / haemorrhoids / vulval varicosities / proctalgia fugax / levatot ani syndrome / coccydynia / anismus
- Pressure in the bowel
- diverticulitis / irritable bowel syndrome / flatulence
- How to imporve bowel function
- planning a toilet routine / improving the consistency of the stool / specific exercises and evacuation techniques
- Strengthening of the pelvic floor
- why do we do these exercises? / posture / abdominal exercises / pelvic floor muscles / relaxation techniques for pelvic floor muscles
- The pelvic floor training routine - PAP
- Technique for emptying the bowel - POP
- Technique for emptying the bladder - PEP
- Technique for coping with urgency and incontinence
- After the exercise - what next?
- specialist help
- devices and appliances
- Contact information
- About the authors