Constipation affects 1 in 5 people in Ireland. Many people suffer from constipation on a long term or recurring basis, when really they should not have to. We understand that constipation is not the easiest thing to talk about or seek medical help with, but there is no need to be shy as we successfully treat this all the time.
Constipation is formally defined as having less than three bowel movements per week for an extended period of time. More often than not constipation is just a once off or temporary issue and can be safely relieved. However, if you suffer from it on a recurring basis or for a long time period then finding the actual cause of it is important.
Symptoms Of Constipation
Functional constipation has a few symptoms including:
- Incomplete evacuation
- Hard stools
- Irregular bowel movements
Constipation is also a symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which is treated separately. Our dietitian’s will examine your individual case and confirm a diagnosis.
Treatment of Constipation
Your first appointment will involve an initial dietary assessment. During this assessment the dietitian will explore your eating patterns, carry out an assessment of your nutritional intake and dietary habits, exercise and lifestyle habits, medical history, medications and symptom history. This will allow us to make an accurate diagnosis of whether you have functional constipation.
Often the dietitian will identify obvious areas for improvement during the first consultation and no further treatment may be required. Often a new diet may help your constipation. However, when we consider it is, we will provide you with our food & symptom tracking diary which will ultimately allow us to generate a suitable and tailored plan for you going forward.
There is no one fix for constipation as it is individual to each patient. There is a great deal of research proving that poor dietary habits and lifestyle factors play the key role in causing the most common type of constipation – functional constipation. This is where the bowel is actually healthy but is not functioning as it should.
Spectrum Nutritions Dietitians have a great deal of specific in-depth training and clinical experience on the causes of and management of functional constipation. Using the latest research we can help you to make the fundamental changes necessary to prevent recurring constipation, giving you a long term solution.
All of Spectrum Nutritions Dietitians (Clinical Nutritionists) are qualified with a 4-5 year honours degree, post graduate qualification or PhD from a recognised University.