September 14, 2022
Since aging is a constant and universal process, elderly individuals face many health problems associated with aging. One problem common in old age is constipation. It is estimated that 40% of individuals aged 65 and older experience constipation, which increases to 74% if they live in a nursing home.
If it is not treated, it can cause many complications including fecal incontinence, anal fissures, bowel perforation, gas and bloating. For constipation management, pharmacological, non-pharmacological and surgical treatment methods can be used. Considering the cost and complications of pharmaceutical treatment, the tendency to use non-drug methods such as complementary medicine and traditional medicine has increased.
The main non-pharmacological methods generally used in constipation treatment are lifestyle changes including increasing physical activity, liquid consumption and fiber consumption. In addition, biofeedback, acupressure, reflexology and abdominal massage are other preferred methods for constipation management.