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Physiotherapy In Sherwood Park: Intestinal Motility And Physiotherapy

PhysiotherapyMedical science has advanced with time, and now there are multiple treatment options available for different ailments. While allopathic medicines are used commonly, alternate medical methods are known to work well without any side effects. One such method is physiotherapy which has been extensively used for different types of medical ailments. Physiotherapy is a method of treating injuries and medical ailments with the help of heat treatment, exercises, and massages. In this article, we will understand how physiotherapy can help you get relief from intestinal motility.

What is Intestinal Motility?


Before we move on to understanding the benefits of physiotherapy for intestinal motility, let us understand what intestinal motility is. Intestinal motility is a disorder which affects the functioning of your intestines due to inability to move the muscles normally. In this disorder, a person experience’s abnormal intestinal contractions and sometimes intestinal paralysis. Intestinal motility can result in a variety of conditions that are either caused by the endogenous or exogenous reasons.

When a person suffers from intestinal motility, they experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, recurrent vomiting and persistent obstruction. Some common conditions of intestinal motility include constipation, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and fecal incontinence.

Tackling Intestinal Motility with Physiotherapy

1. Massage Therapy

Massage therapy, in general, is known to be a good technique when used to treat ailments caused by muscle dysfunction. Since intestinal motility disorders are also related to muscle dysfunction, massage therapy can be beneficial to treat them. The common massaging technique, ILU (I Love You) massage can be used for intestinal motility. In this type of massage, the letters ‘I’, ‘L’ and ‘U’ are formed on the abdominal area to relax the muscles around the colon and intestines. This will relax your large intestine and provide relief from constipation.

2. Positioning

The general use of a raised toilet tends to create a twist in the shape of your colon, which further affects the process of defecation. When suffering from constipation, it becomes even more difficult for a person. To help such patients, physiotherapists train them to squat while they defecate to ease the process.

3. Pelvic Floor Therapy

A more intensive approach in treating severe intestinal motility is the physiotherapy method known as the pelvic floor therapy. In this technique, the physiotherapist evaluates the strength of your pelvic floor by performing an internal exam either through the vagina or the rectum. He will then help you release any tight muscle around your pelvic and also teach you techniques to contract the muscles to help with proper defecation.

Intestinal motility is a condition which causes a lot of discomfort to the patient. With the help of physiotherapy, the patient can not only improve their bowel movement but also feel relaxed. To know more about the different physiotherapy techniques to tackle intestinal motility, book an appointment with us today.