Although not as common as urinary incontinence, involuntary
leakage of feces and gas is just as uncomfortable and embarrassing
to those who experience it.
Weak pelvic muscles can contribute to the body's inability to
"tighten and close" the opening to the anus.
Chronic constipation (straining to have a bowel movement)
weakens the pelvic floor muscles and can be a contributing factor
to fecal incontinence.
In women, trauma to the muscles during childbirth can be a
factor leading to fecal incontinence.
Treatment options include abdominal and core strengthening,
dietary recommendations, and pelvic floor exercises targeted at
normal pelvic floor coordination and function.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Lora Anderson, PT, physical therapy manager