When a tubular organ or blood vessel becomes excessively narrow such that it can no longer perform as nature intended, it is a condition referred to by physicians as stenosis. Anal stenosis, also known as an anal stricture, is the narrowing of the anal canal, located just before the anal sphincter. The anal sphincter is a complex part of the body that maintains a seal that can be opened to discharge body waste. It is strong enough to restrict the passage of any fecal material but sensitive enough to differentiate between solid, liquid, and gas. There are actually two anal sphincter muscles … internal and external. The internal anal sphincter is a thin, white muscle wrapped around the anal canal.
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People with faecal incontinence or leakage of faeces can be helped by undertaking special exercises to strengthen the sphincter muscles. With regular practice, the exercises could help to build up your muscles. Check with your health professional to see if these exercises will help you. There are specific exercises that focus on the anal sphincter muscle. These exercises can help to improve bowel control.
Last Updated: January 19, References. This article has been viewed , times. If you've ever had trouble making a bowel movement, it may be due to an inability to relax your sphincter. Your sphincter muscles are located around your anus and are vitally important to the defecation process. However, if you're stressed or have an underlying medical condition, it may be hard for you to relax these muscles during a bowel movement.
Some constipated women have difficulty relaxing the striated muscles of the anal sphincters, sometimes called anismus. This study was developed to provide a biofeedback-based relaxation treatment to teach these patients to relax the "voluntary" anal sphincter muscle in order to assess whether this treatment would be effective in reducing symptomatology. Seven constipated patients who were unresponsive to a high-fiber diet and required persistent laxative dosing to achieve regular bowel frequency were studied. A dual-therapy approach, in which patients were taught to relax the anal sphincter muscles via biofeedback from a manometric anal sphincter probe, was used. Concurrently, patients were instructed in general biofeedback-relaxation techniques.