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How can physical therapists help in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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One of the challenges with IBS can be that you never know when you're going to need a bathroom. A physical therapist might be able to teach you how to retrain your bowels to give you more control.

As part of this training, you may get biofeedback. If you do, you'll be connected to a device that gives you information to help you understand what's happening with your body. Based on that information, you can make changes -- like learning to control the muscles that affect your bowels.

Other healthcare professionals may be trained to use biofeedback as well, including doctors, nurses, and occupational therapists.

From: Meet Your IBS Medical Team WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 28, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)," "6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices."

Cleveland Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

About IBS: "Treatment."

Piedmont Healthcare: "The difference between family medicine and internal medicine."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Bowel Disorders."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment."

University of North Carolina, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders: "Ask the Expert: Why see a psychologist when the diagnosis is IBS?"

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Stress Reduction for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults."

NHS: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

IBSClinic.org.au: "Physiotherapy and IBS."

PubMed: "Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 28, 2017

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