People who experience constipation are ashamed to be seen by a doctor. They just depend on over-the-counter drugs to get relief; however, recurring symptoms of constipation must not be neglected. The best thing to do is to consult a physician to prevent serious health problems.
Constipation is referred to as irregular movement of bowel. The ideal is to move your bowel 3 times a day or once a day. Moving the bowel must not be difficult. If you are in pain and the bowel is dry and hard, then you are constipated. Individuals who are constipated feel full and experience distress. They feel strained or tense as they try to push their stool out of their system.
What causes constipation?
- Diet – lack of fiber, intake of refined foods and saturated fats, dairy products, sugar, caffeine and alcohol
- less water intake
- less exercise, and
- issues regarding the nervous system.
How to manage constipation
- A change in the diet and lifestyle can help a constipated person. His diet must include more fiber, reduce intake of dairy products, eliminate saturated fats and drink more water. He must likewise exercise more.
- He can take a laxative or a stool softener.
- He can also take some herbs to help his digestion. He can drink ginger, fennel seed, licorice root or dandelion root tea.
- He can also submit himself to a chiropractor
How chiropractic help constipation?
- Chiropractic can help in adjusting the areas that cause bowel movement issues.
- Inferior spine manipulation. By removing the pressure on the nerve roots that is coming from the spine, chronic constipation can be healed. To explain further, the nerve roots of our celiac ganglion are attached to the lower part of our spine. This area is the nerve core of our stomach, gallbladder, spleen, kidney, liver, small intestine and colon. Constipation results when the nerve roots are strained or stressed.
- Upper cervical manipulation. Chiropractor also performs manipulations on the upper cervical and cranial bones to deal with the issue of constipation.
Many researches and studies have proven the advantage of chiropractic adjustments to constipated patients. One such study was published in The Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (Vol. 5, No. 1), where superior cervical manipulations healed an infant of his constipation, which was brought about by a broken left clavicle obtained during delivery. This is not the only study conducted. More constipated patients received chiropractic manipulations and were relieved of constipation.
All of these studies proved only one thing – chiropractic adjustments can help a constipated patient to have a normal bowel movement.