- Ohio State University researchers found the solution to common bowel issues such as constipation.
- In a recent study, the team revealed that using a toilet stool may help symptoms like constipation, bloating and incomplete emptiness.
- Its effectiveness is due to correct body positioning, a squatting position, unlike sitting on a toilet which creates a bend in the rectum.
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center discovered the solution to common bowel issues and it’s as simple as boosting your feet on a toilet stool.
“These toilet stools became popular through things like viral videos and social media, but there was really no medical evidence to show whether or not they are effective,” said Dr. Peter Stanich, assistant professor of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine.
The study shows that these simple devices may help symptoms like constipation, bloating and incomplete emptiness, according to Stanich.
Published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, the study included healthy volunteers as participants. Despite being healthy, 44 percent of participants claimed they have straining issues while almost a third said they had trouble completely emptying their bowels.
After four weeks, 71 percent of participants reported faster bowel movements, and 90 percent said they experienced less straining.
“Importantly, at the conclusion of the study, two-thirds of participants said they would continue to use a toilet stool,” said Stanich, who was a co-author of the study.
Why is it effective? The answer is body positioning. In a squatting position, bowels are easier to pass while sitting on a toilet creates a bend in the rectum that makes it harder to have complete bowel movements.
“Propping your feet on a stool changes the angle of your hips to put you in a more optimal squatting position,” he added.
Data say that one in six Americans experiences constipation. Moving bowels easily can prevent problems like bloating, constipation and hemorrhoids. If nothing will be done, it can lead to more serious health issues such as damage to the pelvic floor and hernias.
“I would encourage everyone with bowel problems, constipation or diarrhea to make sure they discuss it with their doctor, Stanich said. “Not only can your doctor likely help you feel better, but it may head off more serious disease down the road.”
Other members of the team are Dr. Daniel Pinkhas, Dr. Royce Groce, Dr. Rohan Modi, Alice Hinton, Dr. Marty Meyer, Dr. Gokulakrishnam Balasubramanian and Dr. Edward Levine.
Source: Delaware Gazette