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Bowel Issues with a Spinal Cord Injury

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
09/06/19  10:09 AM PST
Bowel Issues

After a spinal cord injury, the injured may experience spasticity or flaccidity in different muscles of the body at different times. The muscles of the rectum, sphincters and pelvic floor can be affected by these muscle issues once a spinal cord injury occurs. This can lead to bowel issues — either constipation or fecal incontinence. But there are ways to combat these issues. Read on as Shield HealthCare’s Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist, Aaron Baker, describes his journey to create a bowel program that works for him, and more about how he manages to stay regular.

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I have c6 injury and I have lots of spasm in my whole body. What can you suggest to help?
I have found that consistent stretching, light exercise, plenty of water, quality food and rest all affect my spasticity.


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