Bowel Control

pg-diagramIt’s scary isn’t it; the thought of losing complete control over our bodies? Well, when it comes to our bowel movements, it is actually much more common than you might think. Believed to affect up to 10% of adults at some stage during their life [1], faecal incontinence is a scary prospect. Studies suggest that “major faecal incontinence” occurs in 1.4% of the general population over the age of 40 [2]. The very idea of falling victim to it is extremely distressing. However, many of us still fail to condition our bodies and do what we can to ensure that it doesn’t happen. All too often we wait until something goes awry before taking action.

When we refer to faecal incontinence, we specifically mean a lack of control over when we go for a number 2. There are various different types of faecal incontinence and it can occur for any number of reasons, some of which include abnormal rectal contractions, weakened pelvic floor muscles, nerve damage or other problems with the rectum including constipation and diarrhoea. However, it is the anal sphincter that controls when we go to the toilet, and the pelvic floor plays a very important role in keeping it strong, healthy and thus able to carry out its job effectively.

Now, doesn’t it seem odd that in a society so open, our toileting habits are still considered a taboo topic of conversation? With many of us too embarrassed to open up about our ‘issues’, it becomes a huge challenge to obtain information about the varying treatment options available to us. However, one such treatment is the Private Gym.
Pelvic health is extremely important, so don’t let taking care of it be at the bottom of your list!

How the Private Gym can Help

We all know the importance of keeping ourselves fit and healthy! We each strive to get our recommended daily intake of fibre and do our best to squeeze in the odd twenty minutes on the treadmill here and there. But, when it comes to taking care of our pelvic floor, many of us remain oblivious as to the reasons for doing so, and indeed how we go about maintaining its strength.

In less than 10 minutes a day, for 3 days a week, the Private Gym training programme will help us to build the strength and tone of our pelvic floor muscles, thus enabling them to provide the necessary support for the anal sphincter. This can increase its power, improve tightness and reduce the symptoms of faecal incontinence and leakages of any kind.

Don’t neglect the muscles that matter!


Sources

[1] Bsg.org.uk, (2014). Faecal Incontinence | Commissioning report | Clinical. [online] Available at: http://www.bsg.org.uk/clinical/commissioning-report/faecal-incontinence.html [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].
[2] IRWIN, D., MILSOM, I., KOPP, Z., ABRAMS, P. and CARDOZO, L. (2006). Impact of overactive bladder symptoms on employment, social interactions and emotional well-being in six European countries. BJU International, [online] 97(1), pp.96-100. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-410x.2005.05889.x [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].