Iread that patients with constipation found relief by performing perineal self-acupressure – applying pressure to the perineum, the area between the anus and genitals. Is it true? Sudha Pillai, Mumbai
Acupressure in the perineum stimulates the contractions of the perineal body and can help loosen the anal sphincter. In case of constipation, due to tightness of the sphincter, this is a useful technique. It is useful in children when they do not want to pass stool because it is hard and painful. It may be used in adults as well to soften hard stool in the rectum and help expel it.
Dr Manik G Hiranandani, Acupuncturist