Constipation is man's most common chronic digestive condition. One person in 6 complains of it. Surveys show that 6% of children are reported to be constipated with boys the main victims. This trend is reversed in adults and women are far more likely to suffer from this problem than men. As we grow older the differences even out and constipation is common in the elderly of both sexes. There are three basic descriptions given by people who suffer from this uncomfortable condition. They complain about the stools being too hard, too large or too small. They say they have to strain and push when passing a stool and that they don't feel the need to go as often as they think they should. It is said to be normal to have a bowel movement daily, usually first thing in the morning within half an our of getting out of bed. The call of nature is normally felt and answered effortlessly, painlessly and with a great sense of a job well done when it is all over. People who suffer from constipation often complain of other symptoms as well. These include:
Tiredness or lack of energy
Difficulty in concentrating
Coating of the tongue
Bloating of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
If there is tension in the connective tissue around the gut then the bowel doesn't function properly. Bowel movements are reduced and the passage of waste products slows down through the bowel. This makes the passing of stools less frequent. Water is reabsorbed in the gut and the longer the stool stays in the bowel the drier it becomes and the more difficult and painful it is to pass. Poor diet, insufficient roughage, too little fluid drunk, too much stress and tension and lack of exercise can cause constipation.
A balanced programme of treatment including Connective Tissue Manipulation and Manual Lymph Drainage reduces the tension in the connective tissue and helps to restore the normal function to the gut. See Irritable Bowel Syndrome