Toileting posture is important!

As a physical therapist, there are many occasions I find myself discussing posture with patients whether it’s during sitting, standing, lifting, etc… Working in the field of pelvic floor physical therapy, another topic about posture I typically discuss involves toileting posture. For many of my patients toileting posture is a concept they have never heard before. The idea is to utilize specific positioning strategies to create a more successful experience with voiding urinary or bowel contents. There are many occasions where I give my patients a few simple toileting posture strategies to try at home and they come back their next visit surprised by how easy and successful their experience was. A suggestion I may give can be as simple as placing both feet up onto a step stool while sitting. This one change in posture allows for certain muscles of the pelvic floor to relax better, creating easier evacuation of urinary or bowel contents. Posture is very important in many aspects of our daily lives; however toileting posture is often overlooked. Thinking about how often someone uses the bathroom on a daily basis, there needs to be more awareness about how important toileting posture can be.

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