The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using biofeedback to treat functional constipation

    Pelvic floor dyssynergia-type constipation occurs when pelvic muscles contract instead of relaxing when a person strains to defecate. It’s “functional” because the muscles needed to defecate aren’t working properly.

    Are you still with me on this?

    84 people with this condition were assigned to biofeedback, diazepam (Valium), or placebo. All patients were trained to do pelvic floor muscle exercises, but only biofeedback patients received electromyography (a test of muscle function) to tell them if they were successful in controlling the pelvic muscles. All other patients simply did their exercises and took the pills one to two hours before attempting defecation.

    After 3 months of training, those who learned biofeedback were significantly more successful in relieving constipation than those treated with diazepam or placebo.

    Want to learn more?
    The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback has more on elimination disorders here.

    Illustration: Children, Youth, and Women Health Center

    2/16/07 22:52 JR

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