Emptying the Bowel - Methods
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).
Circular motion with the index finger in the rectum, which
causes the anal sphincter to relax.
Dulcolax (stimulates the nerve endings in the rectum, causing a
contraction of the bowel) or glycerine (draws water into the
stool to stimulate evacuation).
Softens, lubricates, and draws water into the stool to stimulate
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Methods for emptying the bowel
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