Toileting position when sitting on the toilet is highly important in enabling the emptying of the bladder and bowels. Physiotherapist Alice Mackenzie talks about why having the correct toileting position is so important.
The squatting position relaxes the primary pelvic floor muscles which when in an upright position is responsible for kinking and bending the rectum which creates the ano-rectal angle. The bend created forms the bodies ability to sustain continence.
In order to maintain this correct toileting position, here are some tips to help:
- Use something to rest the feet on for example stool, toilet rolls so that the knees are higher than the hips
- Lean from the hips forward keeping the back straight. Resting elbows or hands on knees in a comfortable position
- Allow bladder to relax
- After finishing try and rock from side to side and front to back
By following these tips it will help with bowel and bladder emptying. If there is a prolapse present these steps are helpful in moving any urine or stool that may be sitting in a pocket to be expelled.
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