Hypermobility of the colon

Hypermobility of the Colon

Hypermobility of the colon refers to excessive peristalsis, or the involuntary movement of muscles in your colon. This can cause abdominal distention and pain, reduction in direct pressure on the walls of the large intestine and can also cause a feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowels after a bowel movement. Fortunately, hypermobility can usually be managed with dietary and lifestyle modifications, as well as strengthening exercises targeted at the colon.

Symptoms of Hyermobility of Colon

The symptoms of hypermobility can vary depending on the individual, but can include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Incomplete evacuation of the bowels

Causes of Colon Hypermobility

The exact cause of hypermobility is not known, but can be triggered by a number of factors, such as:

  • Stress
  • Inadequate dietary fibre
  • Structural/anatomical abnormalities
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Dehydration
  • Certain medications

Treatment for Hyermobility of Colon

The treatment for hypermobility of the colon is dependent on the cause or underlying condition, as well as the severity of your symptoms. Some of the potential treatments include:

  • Modified diet – Avoiding foods that may irritate your digestive system, such as foods high in fat, spicy foods, and caffeine. Additionally, increasing dietary fibre intake.
  • Lifestyle modifications– Avoiding stress and engaging in regular physical activity can help manage symptoms.
  • Physical therapy – Certain abdominal exercises may help strengthen the abdominal muscles and reduce symptoms.
  • Medications – There are several medications that can help manage symptoms, such as laxatives and anti-diarrhoeal medications.