Bowel Movements and Spinal Cord Injury
Fri, 01/28/2011 - 2:01pm | Mimi Lang
For people in wheelchairs, including those individuals who have had spinal cord injuries, private body functions, such as bowel movements, can become an issue. This is because the injury prevents muscles and nerves from working together properly.
Fortunately, there are experts available who can help individuals with spinal cord injuries to deal with the issues that prevent them from being continent (i.e., being able to control the bowels and to avoid “accidents”). There are also certain tips that, when used, can improve your continence.
If you decide to use any of these tips, please change only one thing at a time. Also, please consult an experienced health-care expert before making any drastic changes.
To help your bowels work
Timing is everything:
Watch Your Diet:
Drink up to two quarts of water a day.
Whether you rely on a wheelchair for mobility or not, the goal of bowel management is to provide people with regular, controlled bowel movements that are predictable and continent. Happy bowels = happy people.