Constipation can be very painful for your infant to endure. They experience severe stomach cramps and stabbing low back pain. As a parent, you can easily identify when your infant is constipated as you are the one changing their diapers. In adolescent years, constipation goes unnoticed until they begin showing symptoms of stomach pains.
The sacrum is an important structure that houses the nerves for bowel movements and bladder function. The developing sacrum initially has five individual segments that will later fuse together to form the triangular-shaped bone that adults have at the base of the spine. During childhood, these individual segments can misalign from everyday activities such as riding a bike or playing sports. The misalignments may compromise nerves that are responsible for bowel movements.
Two key sacral nerves that are vital for bowel function are the pudendal nerve and pelvic splanchnic nerve. Their job is to send signals to the brain when the bowel is full and relay messages to the pelvic floor muscle, levator ani, and to the sphincters to let your body know that it is time to use the restroom. When nerve function is compromised, constipation and bowel incontinence can be a side effect. During our examination, we identify misalignments in the sacrum and adjust accordingly. When misalignments are corrected with safe and natural chiropractic adjustments, messages from the bowel to the brain are properly transmitted and bowel movements may be restored.
There are many causes of constipation not all of which are related to nerve irritation or interference. Constipation should be co-managed with your primary care physician to insure proper management.