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Leaking stool can happen after a long bout of constipation. This issue, called encopresis, can affect children who are over the age of four, even if they are toilet trained. Along with dietary changes, chiropractic care can make a big difference in your child’s bowel function. This can prevent future accidents and help your child feel more confident. To schedule chiropractic care, get in touch today.


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What Causes Encopresis?

Constipation is the main cause of encopresis. With fewer bowel movements, stool can become harder and more difficult to pass. When this happens, liquid stool can leak out involuntarily and stain clothing. Other causes of this condition include:

  • Colonic inertia (a condition where the colon doesn’t move stool along as it should).
  • Anal sphincter (Nerve damage to the muscle at the end of the digestive tract).
  • Fear of using the toilet and emotional stress.
  • Rectal infections or tears.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Studies show that children who struggle with chronic constipation, fecal incontinence, and abdominal pain can benefit from chiropractic adjustments. The blockage that contributes to constipation, and ultimately encopresis, can be alleviated by addressing misalignments in the spine called subluxations.

Treating subluxations involves gentle spinal manipulation. For children, this is done using the Thompson technique and Activator Methods. These options utilize tools to gently improve the position of the spine without the need for sudden jerks or pops.

Chiropractic Care for Pediatric Encopresis in​ Spokane, WA

If your child is constipated and experiencing encopresis, chiropractic care may be the answer. At BETTER LIFE Family Chiropractic & Wellness, we’re happy to offer our services to help your child feel better again. To get started, simply fill out the form below or give our office a call at (509) 464-0444.

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