If you find you have to rush to the toilet when you need to open your bowels or have a problem with soiling before you get to the toilet you may need to retrain your pelvic floor and sphincter muscles (the muscles around your back passage).
Next time when you need to have your bowels open
- Sit on something firm, either in the bathroom or close to the bathroom, and hold on for one minute before sitting on the toilet to open your bowels. Do not forget to take a watch or clock in with you!
Gradually increase this to 5 minutes Do not worry if you are unable to do this for the first few times but keep practising.
- When you have mastered this, repeat the above but gradually aim to hold on for 10 minutes before opening your bowels. It may be helpful to take something to read with you.
- Gradually move further away from the toilet. Try sitting on the bed in your bedroom. As your muscles are now becoming stronger you should aim to hold on for 10 minutes.
For advice or further information please contact the physiotherapy department.
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