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Digestive Health: What a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist and a Functional Nutritionist Have to Say

Last week Melissa Hines, along with Juliet Dalton, hosted a free webinar on digestive health. With Melissa's pelvic floor expertise and Juliet's nutritional background, they discussed all things pelvic floor, constipation, and nutrition! Click here to watch the full webinar, or keep reading below!

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that are used for bowel, bladder, and sexual functioning. This group of muscles is not visible externally and they are always working in the background, which is why we don’t normally think about them. Just like any other muscle in the body, they can become tight and painful when overly active.

What does pelvic floor dysfunction look like?

You could have pain in the hips, low back, groin, or inner things. You might have other symptoms of dysfunction such as constipation, diarrhea, trouble fully emptying your bladder or bowels, pain with vaginal penetration, or urinary leakage or incontinence.

More on constipation

Constipation can present in a number of ways:

  • passing fewer than 1 stool per day

  • having lumpy or hard stools

  • thin, small bowel movements (even if daily)

  • watery or loose bowel movements (even if daily)

  • straining to have bowel movements

  • not feeling completely empty after having a bowel movement

What does your stool look like?

How to relieve chronic constipation

You can relieve chronic constipation symptoms by working with a pelvic floor physical therapist and a nutritionist. They can help determine the root cause of your symptoms and help you get the relief you deserve! Contact us today so we can chat about how we can support you!


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