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Bowel Function 101: How to Poop Correctly

Believe it or not, many of us don't know how to poop correctly.

Yes, it's hard to think that something as natural as pooping (hey, it happens!) could be so hard to do right. But here we are.

And let's face it: constipation is no fun. Not to mention, it's not good for your innards, either.

GBU to the rescue!

Our wonderful pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, provides a little "bowel function 101" and gives a visual demonstration below on proper pooping technique. She shared this video on The Pelvic Health Ladies Instagram page that she and Dr. Angel Marie Johnson maintain. Check it out, along with Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas's fabulous get-up!

Proper pooping technique:

  • When it comes to proper pooping, it all begins with your posture.
  • You don't want to sit on the toilet with your feet flat because this doesn't let the pelvic floor muscles easily relax, which is what's needed for an easy bowel movement.
  • Instead, you want to raise your knees up, but in a passive way, not by pressing onto your tippy toes.
  • To achieve this lift, you can rest you feet on a stool, yoga blocks, some old books, or yes, that contraption you've probably giggled at when you first heard about it: a Squatty Potty. (Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas approves and has one in her own home. It does work!)
  • Don't slouch! Sit up nice and tall so your lower back is straight. Then, you can you lean forward to get a relaxing poop on.

Follow these tips, and there's a good chance you'll be pooping happily in no time.

And, of course, if you're still experiencing any issues, make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas. If you're already a GBU patient, Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas can coordinate with you and your GBU physician. For patients outside GBU, you simply need a prescription from your doctor. Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas works out of our Dedham Care Center. She treats women and men. 

Learn more about pelvic floor physical therapy here.

Or request that appointment with Alicia now.


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