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Constipation in men is a condition that is characterised by infrequent bowel movements. Physiotherapy with is an effective way of relieving symptoms that are associated with constipation.

What is constipation?

Constipation occurs when bowel movements become abnormally infrequent and can affect men of all ages. Constipation is when faeces (stools) become hard, and difficult or painful to pass. This can mean that stools are not passed as often as they normally should i.e. less than three times a week. You may have to strain more than usual and you may be unable to fully empty your bowels. The severity of constipation can vary significantly and constipation can be experienced for a short period of time or symptoms may be experienced more long term.

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What causes constipation in men?

Constipation can be caused by a variety of reasons. The most common causes of constipation in men include;

What symptoms will I have?

Constipation in men can cause symptoms such as;
  • Inability to produce regular bowel movements – less than three times a week
  • Difficulty or pain when passing motions
  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Feeling of being ‘bloated’ or sick
  • General discomfort
  • Tiredness and reduced energy levels
If you are suffering from constipation, there are a number of treatment options that aim to reduce any of your current symptoms. You may be offered several medical interventions including medication and diet advice. Additionally, physiotherapy has shown to provide constipation sufferers with significant relief from problems associated with the condition.

What physiotherapy treatment will I receive for constipation?

There is a variety of physiotherapy options available to you to treat constipation. The physiotherapists at aim to provide you with a comprehensive assessment and physiotherapy programme which will focus on your personal goals. Physiotherapy treatment may include: Participating in physiotherapy with will help you overcome the problems you have been experiencing as well as reduce discomfort and embarrassment that is associated with constipation. Your physiotherapy will also help prevent future problems and help you to return to normal everyday living.


Constipation is the inability to produce regular bowel movements and can mean that passing motion can occur less than the normal three times a week average. Constipation in men can be caused by a variety of reasons and can result in symptoms such as difficulty and pain when passing motion, abdominal pain and a feeling of being bloated. The physiotherapists at will provide you with a comprehensive physiotherapy assessment and treatment plan that aims to reduce your symptoms and optimise your recovery.

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