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Posted on 06-02-2016

When someone mentions a visit to the chiropractor, most people automatically assume it is to address a problem with the back or neck. But many people who have chronic health issues don't know that there are alternatives other than living with the issue or taking a variety of prescription medications. Chiropractic care for constipation has shown to be very beneficial for those who suffer from that ailment.

One of the biggest reasons for constipation is a poor diet that is low in fiber. But issues such as dehydration, medical conditions, and side effects of some medications can also cause constipation.

Many people who have the condition learn to live with it, but it can be extremely uncomfortable. Not only does it cause pain and discomfort, but when they are finally able to have a bowel movement, it comes with great difficulty, straining, and sometimes results in rectal bleeding.

There has been relief from constipation in some cases using chiropractic care. In the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in January, 2007, documentation was noted of an 8-year-old boy who had struggled with constipation since birth. Manipulation of the sacral region, which is at the bottom of the spine and lies between the fifth segment of the lumbar spine (L5) and the coccyx, was performed twice a week for 4 weeks. Abdominal massage was also used to treat this boy. Improvement of symptoms was noticed immediately, and after a follow-up several years later, the boy continued to have no issues with constipation.

In 2008, a study published in Clinical Chiropractic showed that a trial of full spine chiropractic care, involving high velocity low amplitude thrusts and activator technique, in constipated children produced improved bowel movement frequency and decreased straining, pain and rectal bleeding.

These situations are just two examples of ways that chiropractic care can relieve problems with constipation. For children and adults, it is unnecessary to simply endure this problem or even use medications to address the issue. Chiropractic care and massage may be the solution you are looking for. For more information, contact us.

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