Stool Science

By Riva Preil

You loved her talk about anatomy two weeks ago and you couldn’t get enough about bladder chatter last Tuesday.  Well, guess what… Stephanie Stamas is back for more! On Tuesday, October 28th, at 7 PM, Stephanie will teach the next class in the series of The School of Pelvic Health entitled Why is Pooping So Difficult.

This class is a MUST for anyone who lives, breaths, eats, and digests on planet earth.  Yes, that includes you.

  • Have you ever wondered what is the proper position for passing bowel movements?
  • Ever wonder how sitting on the toilet affects the pelvic floor muscles, the muscles that need to relax in order to pass a bowel movement?
  • Also, how much water should an individual drink and how much fiber should one eat?  Heck, what IS fiber and what foods are good sources of fiber?
  • Why do I have to strain to pass a bowel movement?  Is that normal?

Don’t let these questions bother you any longer.  Stephanie will address these and many other related issues.  She will explain the proper muscle coordination required to pass a bowel movement and she will teach practical techniques that can be implemented immediately.

We look forward to meeting and greeting you on Tuesday evening, and we hope you continue to enjoy Stephanie’s classes!

Love Your Colon: Part I

By Riva Preil

Anyone who has ever experienced constipation knows how uncomfortable this condition can be.  It is important to eat adequate fiber (please refer to previous blogs for details), drinking eight cups of water each day, and participate in exercise regularly.

It is also important to consider the anatomy involved with normal defecation.  The large intestine, also referred to as the colon, is one of the final legs of gastrointestinal trip.  Think of the colon as an upside down “U” consisting of three parts: the ascending colon, the transverse colon, and the descending colon (refer to picture).  Normally, the stool passes from the small intestine to the large intestine, where it travels through all three portions of the colon, from ascending to transverse to descending colon.  Once the stool completes its passage through the descending colon, it stores in the rectum until the rectum “feels full”, at which point in time the individual can pass a bowel movement through the anus.  The colon is a one-way street, so to speak, and the stool (especially if hard and firmly formed) may require assistance being transported through the three portions of the colon.  The “ILU (or I Love You) Massage,” is a self-help technique that many find beneficial in treating constipation.  Why is it called the I Love You massage?  How do I perform this technique?  Stay tuned to the next blog for the answers to these questions…