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Behavioral and rehabilitation treatment for bowel disorders


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Doctors, therapists and psychologists believe that health and movement of bowel depends to a large extent on the mental and physical state of the individual. Some of the common reasons responsible for occurrence of bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, bowel incontinence, etc. are stress and anxiety. Behavioral and rehabilitation techniques prove useful for patients suffering from such health issues. We have explained you this alternate therapeutic approach over here.


How does behavioral technique improve bowel disorders?

The answer has been explained wonderfully by Cynthia Radnitz, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.

According to her, “That there's something about the way thinking affects physiology which is associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Fears of being too far from a bathroom and having an accident or fears of passing gas in public make them anxious. The therapy involves examining those kinds of thoughts and trying to help people think about it differently so they are not as anxious, and consequently IBS symptoms can be reduced.”

Simply put, the benefits are:

  • Understanding the situation of stress and anxiety which makes his/her condition worse.
  • Rationalizing the thought process, behavior and action towards the problem.
  • Absolute knowledge regarding coping with the problem and control over the mind which further reduces symptoms.


Behavioral and rehabilitation techniques for treating bowel disorders

Goal orientation technique

The first step is to understand the objective/goal of the therapy, which is-confronting the situation of pressure, stress or anxiety with the help of visualization techniques.

An important goal of this psychotherapeutic process is to help patients release negative thoughts, self doubts and transform their mind with positive energy and help them behave rationally. Patients and therapists engage into verbal communication through which help them release their fears, anxiety and other negative thoughts.

The next goal is- Action i.e. how to get over the stress-like situation and strive towards a better health.


Behavioral change and calming techniques

In this stage you actually learn how to modify your behavior and gain control over your mind so that you can take proper action while facing a crisis-like situation.

In behavioral modulation, your therapist will help you to learn meditation, relaxing processes like deep breathing and calming techniques to get over stress and anxiety. Various alternative manual techniques are also applied to release tension from muscles and boost blood circulation. This is how your mind is calmed down.


Biofeedback therapy

Biofeedback therapy is a part of the rehab program wherein symptoms are incontinence, anxiety, physical pain and similar other discomforts are alleviated from the body. Your therapist with use an electrical device which is nothing but electrodes attached to your skin and the results will be displayed on the monitor. You will be taught how to control pain, pressure, stress, high blood pressure, muscle tension, etc. with the help of the machine.

Your sessions will be scheduled depending upon the severity of the symptoms and your body’s response towards the treatment.


How effective is behavioral and rehabilitation treatment for bowel disorders

Behavioral and rehab therapy, as explained above effectively controls the trigger factor and helps to lead a normal life with bowel disorders. Statistics have shown that people who have undergone behavioral therapy are leading quality life.

However, it’s important to note that behavioral and rehab treatment is not the cure for bowel disorders. It’s only a psychological manipulation to eliminate the trigger factors. You need to see a doctor to heal the disease.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: Novemeber 07, 2014

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