IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
“IBS is a group of symptoms that occur together, not a disease. In the past, IBS was called colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, nervous colon, and spastic bowel. The name was changed to reflect the understanding that the disorder has both physical and mental causes.
IBS is diagnosed when a person has had abdominal pain or discomfort at least three times a month for the last 3 months without other disease or injury that could explain the pain. The pain or discomfort of IBS may occur with a change in stool frequency or consistency or be relieved by a bowel movement.
IBS is often classified into four subtypes based on a person’s usual stool consistency. These subtypes are important because they affect the types of treatment that are most likely to improve the person’s symptoms. The four subtypes of IBS are:
- IBS with constipation (IBS-C) ◦hard or lumpy stools at least 25 percent of the time.
◦loose or watery stools less than 25 percent of the time
- IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D) ◦loose or watery stools at least 25 percent of the time
◦hard or lumpy stools less than 25 percent of the time
- Mixed IBS (IBS-M) ◦hard or lumpy stools at least 25 percent of the time
◦loose or watery stools at least 25 percent of the time
- Unsub typed IBS (IBS-U) ◦hard or lumpy stools less than 25 percent of the time
◦loose or watery stools less than 25 percent of the time”
Physiotherapists don’t treat a lot of these conditions that I have listed, but the effect of these problems may cause associated muscle tensions within the pelvic floor. Sometimes the condition can be mild and only cause occasional pain, slowly becoming more of a problem as you try and become sexually active. Sports Focus women’s health Physiotherapists trained in the treatment of pelvic pain can help to reduce the muscle tensions, address the pain and work with your doctors to establish the underlying cause. We can offer advice and refer on to appropriate health practitioner.