Can pelvic floor physical therapy help constipation?

Can pelvic floor physical therapy help constipation?
Can pelvic floor physical therapy help constipation?

Can pelvic floor physical therapy help constipation is a common question we get as pelvic health specialists.

Pelvic floor physical therapy can potentially help with constipation, especially if the underlying cause of constipation is related to dysfunction or weakness in the pelvic floor muscles.

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs, including the rectum.

These muscles play a crucial role in bowel movements and maintaining continence.

Here’s how pelvic floor physical therapy may help with constipation:

  1. Muscle training:
    • Pelvic floor physical therapists can assess and address any muscle imbalances or weaknesses in the pelvic floor muscles.
    • They can provide specific exercises and techniques to strengthen these muscles, which can improve the coordination and function of the pelvic floor during bowel movements.
  2. Relaxation techniques:
    • In some cases, constipation may be due to overactive or tense pelvic floor muscles that do not relax properly during defecation.
    • Pelvic floor physical therapy can include relaxation exercises and techniques to help the muscles release and allow for more effective bowel movements.
  3. Education:
    • Pelvic floor physical therapists can educate patients about proper bowel habits and techniques, such as the use of correct posture and positioning during defecation, which can make bowel movements more efficient and comfortable.
  4. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations:
    • Pelvic floor physical therapists may also provide guidance on diet and lifestyle factors that can affect bowel regularity, such as fiber intake, hydration, and physical activity.


It’s important to note that the effectiveness of pelvic floor physical therapy for constipation depends on the individual’s specific condition and the underlying causes of their constipation.

It’s recommended to consult with a healthcare provider, such as a gastroenterologist or a pelvic floor physical therapist, to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your particular situation.

They can assess your condition and recommend the appropriate course of action, which may include pelvic floor physical therapy as part of a comprehensive approach to managing constipation.

Treatment options for pelvic floor therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapy is valuable for both men and women who experience pelvic floor issues, such as constipation, incontinence, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their pelvic health.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in pelvic floor physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Women’s Health Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!