Pelvic floor strain
The causes of pelvic floor strain are not known.
However, straining on a daily basis during the process of emptying the bowel undoubtedly causes repetitive stretch injury to the muscles of the pelvic floor. This is therefore at least a contributory factor in the cause of strain in the muscles where the pain is felt.
Pelvic floor strain causes chronic perianal pain.
The diagnosis of pain originating from Pelvic floor strain is arrived at when all other possible causes are eliminated.
Anal Fissures, Anal abscesses, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis and Cancer can all cause pain.
Perianal pain is pain that is felt around and inside the anus. In men it is often felt in the front, under the scrotum.
This pain is relieved by rest and is often at its lowest intensity in the morning. It tends to get worse as the day progresses and different activities are carried out.
Vigorous exercise, riding a bicycle, climbing steps and long periods of standing tend to aggravate the condition.
Sitting on a hard surface for prolonged periods makes the pain worse. There is often a need to keep shifting on the seat to relieve the pain.
The anus passes through the pelvic floor.
Passage of stool through the anal path stretches the muscle of the pelvic floor and can trigger the pain. This pain can last for several hours.
Eliminating the need to strain and aiming for a soft, bulky stool helps prevent the pain triggered by a bowel movement.
Damage to the pelvic floor muscles results in the appearance of medical conditions years later.
Our aim should be prevention of strain to these muscles and should begin early in life.
How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders
Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.
In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.
1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.
2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.
It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.
The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat. The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.