What Is Rectal Prolapse*
Rectal prolapse occurs when the tissue that lines the rectum falls down into or sticks out of the anal opening. Rectal prolapse can start off protruding only during bowel movements; then it may protrude during sneezes or other abdominal contractions; then progress to protruding during activities like walking, and eventually reach chronic protrusion, where the rectum fails to retract at all.
Rectal prolapse can result from the following conditions:
• Cystic fibrosis, MS, paralysis
• Malnutrition and malabsorption (celiac disease as an example)
• Pinworms (enterobiasis)
• Prior injury to the anus or pelvic area
• Whipworm infection (trichuriasis)
• Anal intercourse – especially if long-term or aggressive
If your rectum has prolapsed, you will likely see a pink or reddish-colored mass of tissue sticking out from the opening of the anus, especially after a bowel movement. The lining of the rectal tissue may be visible, and may bleed slightly.
Natural Treatment For Rectal Prolapse*
Treating the underlying causes of rectal prolapse usually cures the problem. In otherwise healthy elderly patients who have repeated rectal prolapse, surgery is sometimes used to repair physical problems that make prolapse more likely to occur.
However, the surgery can result in scar tissue and adhesions, which can narrow the rectal canal (anal stenosis) and interfere with the rectal and pelvic muscles relaxing during a bowel movement. These two problems can then cause difficulty having a bowel movement, or result in hemorrhoids or rectal or anal fissures (tears) from repeated straining.
If this has already happened to you, I have effective natural treatment protocols for all of these conditions. Just look up your symptom in the Heal Your Symptoms drop-down menu list.
I'm just going to give you a treatment summary here for rectal prolapse, full instructions are in my free eBook, Jini’s Home Remedies for Rectal Prolapse, so be sure and request it in the pink box at the left side of this page.
To treat the underlying conditions that cause or perpetuate rectal prolapse, we need to address a number of possible factors:
1. Painful rectal area - Following prolapse, you may experience pain in the muscles surrounding the rectum; the levator ani muscles. If you feel your muscles from your sitz bones (the “sitting bones” you can feel at the bottom of your bum when you sit on a bicycle or hard seat), working up both sides of your buttocks and across just under your sacrum (the flat, slightly rounded pad of bone at the base of your spine) - you are feeling the levator ani muscles. There are a number of techniques you can use to reduce or eliminate pain in this area.
2. Straining to defecate or improper defecation position - The western practice of sitting on the toilet prevents the rectum from straightening out and opening – making us much more prone to constipation, hemorrhoids and fissures! Constipation can play a major role in rectal prolapse and ongoing aggravation. See my video above as this alone may work wonders for you!
3. Weakened, stretched or traumatized pelvic muscles - If you apply gentle counter-pressure to the muscles closest to the area where your rectum protrudes when you're having a bowel movement, you may be able to hold the rectum inside and avoid it coming out with the stool.
4. Bodywork therapy - The anorectal canal is girdled by muscles and ligaments, which the pudendal nerve runs through. Following surgery, childbirth, or any kind of trauma or continual strain, you can develop muscle, tendon or ligament strains in corresponding tissues or organs. This strain and weakening of the muscles and ligaments can lead to rectal prolapse. The other thing that will greatly help you to heal the underlying cause of your prolapse is bodywork therapy from a specifically trained practitioner.
NOTE: This Symptom Page provides only basic information about Rectal Prolapse. Sign up for the free Jini’s Home Remedies for Rectal Prolapse eBook in the pink box on the left side of this page for detailed instructions and dosages.
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