Treatment Options for Chronic Constipation in Seniors

Treatment Options for Chronic Constipation in Seniors

 

Physiotherapy:

 

For constipation in the elderly, the following procedures are used:

 

electrophoresis. For tumors, electrophoresis is contraindicated;

amplipulse (with atony);

warm baths, for example, conifers (with intestinal spasms);

mud therapy (more indicated for bowel spasms);

electro-mud procedures (combination of electrophoresis and mud therapy);

diadynamic currents (with spasms and atony, different modes should be used);

sinusoidal currents (with atony);

electropuncture (with atony).

 

Home remedies:

 

For periodic use in chronic constipation, you can apply these popular recipes:

 

Broth from the raisin. Take 30 g of raisins, pour 300 ml of boiling water, leave for 2 hours. After that, give it to an older person 100 ml once a day.

 

Lemon juice with honey. Take 200 ml of water, add 1 tbsp. squeezed lemon juice and honey, as well as salt. Take this composition on an empty stomach, half an hour before breakfast. If you experience acidity, consider consuming the drink in the evening.

 

Kefir with sunflower oil. Take 250 ml of kefir, add 1 tbsp there. refined sunflower oil, mix, and drink before bedtime.

 

Broth rhubarb. Pour 200 ml of boiling water into the pot, add 20 g of crushed rhubarb root, boil for 10 minutes, and then leave for 2 hours. This whole glass of broth should be drunk before bedtime.

 

Operation:

 

In case of a severe course of chronic constipation and the lack of proper effect from the complex therapeutic treatment (diet + physical activity + medications and home remedies), an operation can be performed. During the procedure, the large intestine is completely removed, and the small intestine is directly connected to the rectum. Colonectomy may be partial when only part of the colon is removed. On the other hand, complete colectomy may lead to the development of diarrhea.

 

Prevention:

 

In order to avoid chronic constipation in an elderly person, the below measures should be taken:

 

Timely identification as well as treatment of intestinal diseases;

 

Drinking an adequate amount of water each day;

 

Doing simple exercises like walking, and light physical labor;

 

Paying attention to your daily diet and increasing the intake of fiber while excluding fast food, carbonated drinks, sweets, and fried products.

 

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