Warning: assert() [function.assert]: Assertion failed in /home/content/75/10396475/html/libraries/loader.php on line 3
Failure to initiate the process of defecation
You are here: Defecation - Emptying the Bowel Failure to initiate defecation


Failure to initiate the process of defecation

E-mail Print PDF


Failure to initiate the process of defecation

Some people just cannot get things started.
The reasons can be:
1.The inability or not wanting to initiate a bowel motion due to a painful condition such as an anal fissure or after rectal or anal surgery is understandable.
2. Constipation due to a sluggish colon resulting in a HARD stool may cause one not wanting to pass the stool because of the fact that it will be very painful.
3. Not being able to relax the pelvic floor muscles so that a path is created for the exit of the well formed stool.
4.Adoption of the sitting posture instead of the natural squat posture for elimination.
5. Not waiting for the urge to go and attempting to empty the bowel at the wrong time.
It is best for a strong urge to arrive before attempting to open the bowel.
Sitting on the toilet waiting for things to happen is sure to fail.
Not waiting for the normal forces required to propel the stool towards the exit and trying to pre-empt the bowel to open is bound to fail and leads to excessive voluntary straining. This type of STRAINING can cause a paradoxical contraction (rather than relaxation) of the pelvic floor muscles and the external anal sphincter.
Relaxation of these muscles normally allows the anal canal to open widely and the angle between the anus and rectum to straighten, allowing elimination of the stool.
Contraction of these muscles causes narrowing of the anal canal and kinking of the Anorectal junction.

This contraction at a time when the aim is to relax the appropriate muscles causes one to strain even more, resulting in stretching of the pelvic floor muscles and possible long term damage.
The small amount of faeces that does come out is usually flat and ribbon shaped due to the fact that it has been forced out of a closed slit in the anus.
6. Ignoring the Urge to go for long periods.





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.