What is splinting – and can it really help with constipation?

What is splinting – and can it really help with constipation?

       Who scrolls here in the toilet while sitting in the toilet? By the way, talk about good timing if you have come to know about this viral video so far because you were sitting there waiting for something to come out.

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       Last week, a TikTok user Ambria Alice Walter-Field (@ambriaalicewalterfield) posted a video asking people to share a reason why they are happy for vagina. She went first, stating that, “You know when you’re struggling to go for ‘P-O-O’ ​​and you just” – then he makes a hook motion with his thumb – ” And then it’s okay. “

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     Some commentators stated that they do too. But others had questions about what she was talking about and needed answers. And so, the next day, he posted a second video to give more details. Complete with a * pop * sound effect, she explained, “when you’re constipated, and you have poop, but you can’t make it out too much – it’s like a turtle – just put your thumb in your vagina. Put in. You can feel it. Poop and you can just pop it. “

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      One user commented, “I can’t wait for the next time I’m getting constipated.” “When in doubt, take it out,” someone else wrote.

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        The video has been viewed more than 2.7 million times, with someone stating that they are a labor delivery nurse: “I do this for my patient when the husband is not looking at him. It doesn’t happen when he sees Would have been, ”the user commented.

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      Turns out, there is an official medical name for this trick: splinting. Here’s what to know about it – and is it a good idea for you to try it, if you’re supporting it.

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What is splinting?

      Aman A. According to Elkadri, MD, who specializes in urology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Massachusetts and teaches at Harvard Medical School, “splinting supports the perineum — the outer region between the rectum and vagina — or the back wall of the vagina. . Helping with bowel movements. “

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      Sometimes, splinting is required in cases of pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse occurs when a part of the body falls from its normal position. According to the US Department of Health and Human Service Office of Women’s Health, “pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organ (uterus, bladder, or rectum) become weak or loose. This one or one There are more than. To release or suppress the pelvic organs in the vagina. “With pelvic organ prolapse, also known as hernia of the vaginal wall, the stool can be caught in a” pocket, “or sac. , Which can make stool clearance difficult. In these cases, splinting forces the front part of the vagina to pass through the stool.

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       Essentially, splinting redirects the movement of the bowl so that you can pass the stool more easily. (Dr. Elkadri states that splinting can also be used in instances of prolapse that cause obstruction of urination. But this is much less common, so we will stick here to bowel movements.)

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Should you try walking

      “If you have a bowel movement or occasional constipation in general, a split is not required,” Dr. Elkadri tells Health.

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      Before you go for a walk, first try to adjust your diet and hunting conditions. A high-fiber diet (at least 30 grams of fiber a day, according to Dr. Elkadri) can make your feces a consistency that is easy to pass. However, add fiber slowly, so that bloating or gassy or cramps are not felt. For your position on the toilet, sitting with your legs elevated, such as on a squatty potty can also make bowel movements easier. (After all, squatting is how humans went to the bathroom)

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      But if those first steps don’t work, splinting may be the thing to try. “It’s worse than the constant stress to empty,” Dr. Elkadri tells Health. And this is especially true for women with prolapse. For these women, splinting is preferred over prolonged pushing because chronic long-term stress can actually push forward and push tissue forward.

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And splinting is very effective. In 2012, Drs. Elcadri and some of his colleagues conducted a small study in a journal called Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, which found that splinting helped one out of all 29 women who were under study. Still, having a splint can be an inconvenience (the original Tickcock poster who started this entire work also produced a video that includes guidance on how to splint) and in public or anywhere outside your home It is difficult to do.

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“If the problem is severe or bothersome, consult a specialist, as there are both non-surgical as well as surgical solutions to support the pelvis,” Dr. Elkadri says. “There are also pelvic floor physiotherapists who can help improve the function of the pelvic muscles during evacuation.”