Bowel Management


Upper Motor Neuron or reflex bowel



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Upper Motor Neuron or reflex bowel
If your spinal cord injury is above T, your bowel will continue to empty when stimulated - either chemical (suppositories) or mechanical (digital stimulation. This is explained later. However, you will lose the control you normally had from your brain. With this type of injury, the message telling you that the bowel is full is not received and the muscle controlling the opening and closing of the anus stays tight. When the bowel gets full it empties automatically. This is


Managing your bowels
The science bit
Lower motor neuron or flaccid hypotonic bowel
Coffee, tea, cocoa or soft drinks
Other factors
Performing bowel care
Manual evacuation
Medication stimulant laxatives
Osmotic laxatives
Complications
Flatulence



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