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  Emptying the Bowel - Methods
Each person's bowel program should be individualised to fit his/ her own needs. The type of disease or nerve damage (for example, upper or lower motor neuron) should be taken into account as well as other factors. Components of a bowel program can include any combination of the following:

Manual Evacuation / Removal:
Physical removal of the stool from the rectum. This can be combined with a bearing down technique called a valsalva manoeuvre (avoid this technique if you have a heart condition).

Digital Stimulation
Circular motion with the index finger in the rectum, which causes the anal sphincter to relax.

Suppository Insertion:
Dulcolax (stimulates the nerve endings in the rectum, causing a contraction of the bowel) or glycerine (draws water into the stool to stimulate evacuation).

Mini Enemas
Softens, lubricates, and draws water into the stool to stimulate evacuation.

What does the bowel do?
Methods for emptying the bowel
Bowel programs
Bowel Management Tips
What to avoid
Bowel Problems
 


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