What causes constipation pain? Modern mainstream medicine provides various lifestyle related factors that lead to constipation and constipation pain. Among suggested culprits are:
– Low amount of fiber in the diet.
– Insufficient water intake.
– Lack of physical exercise.
– Changes in diet or routines.
– Eating large amounts of meat, fish and dairy products.
– Postponing a bowel movement.
– Psychological stress and depression.
– Overuse of laxatives (stool softeners) which, can weakened the bowel muscles.
– Antacid medicines with calcium or aluminum.
– Medicines (especially pain medicines, including narcotics, antidepressants, and / or iron pills).
– Long-term use of street drugs.
– Neurological conditions (multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease).
– Hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome, or colon cancer.
– Eating disorders.
However, there should be a certain physiological mechanism that leads to constipation and abnormalities in cells and tissues. What is it? It relates to the most primitive function of the human body that is more important and fundamental than food and water. We can not survive without it even for 15 minutes.
Tens of medical studies have found that ordinary people breathe about 2 times more at rest than the medical norm established about 100 years ago. Sick people have even heavier breathing pattern (that you can easily hear and see). What are the effects of over-breathing on the GI health?
Almost a century ago, Yale University Professor Yandell Henderson found that a low aCO2 (due to hyperventilation or breathing more than the norm) ruled in loss of tone in the blood vessels of the abdominal viscera of dogs, producing extreme intestinal congestion. Saturation of the blood with CO2 quickly eliminated the congress (Henderson, 1907). The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology (Henderson Y, Production of shock by loss of carbon dioxide, and relief by partial asphyxiation, Am J Physiol 1907, 19: XIV-XV.)
Thus, overbreathing or hyperventilation and correspondingly low CO2 values in the blood lead to problems with perfusion and oxygenation of the digestive organs. These and other changes (eg, of biochemical nature) cause various problems with the GI system. Other studies found that blood flow, for example, to liver and colon is proportional to arterial CO2 due to so called CO2-vasodilation effect. As result, over-breathing leads to reduced blood and oxygen supply to all GI organs, rectum and surrounding muscles and tissues included. Low oxygen level in cells triggers anaerobic cellular respiration, elevated lactic acid content, suppressed immune system, pathological flora in the gut and many other negative effects.
Furthermore, it is another known physiological fact, that CO2 is crucial for normal work of nerve cells since carbon dioxide possesses sedative and calming neurological effects. Indeed, a more recent investigation, entitled "Hyperventilation, central autonomic control, and colonic tone in humans" (Ford et al., 1995), observed that hyperventilation worsened digestive problems due to changes in haemodynamic function through central and peripheral mechanisms and suggested that some of the pathological changes in colonic function were caused by altered brain or automatic control mechanisms.
It follows from this investigation and several other studies that low CO2 (hypocapnia) due to over-breathing is directly responsible for muscular spasms, leading to pain, and stenosis in the gut.
Since the GI system has its own reliably independent cluster of nervous cells (the "second brain", as it is often called) and since CO2 deficiency makes any nervous cell abnormally excited, chronic hyperventilation can cause numerous abnormalities related to motility, secretion and production of hormones, and other GI parameters depending on hereditary predispositions, diet and many other life style factors. As a result, hyperventilation can cause various abnormalities, including GERD, various forms of gastritis, ulcers, pancreatic problems, IBS, IBD, Crohn's disease, etc.
Here, it is not a surprise that there is a simple breathing exercise that helps to stop constipation pain in less than 2 minutes by … breathing less. Indeed, if you breathe less, you get more CO2 in the blood and body cells, and CO2 will dilate blood vessels, calm nerve cells and bring a relief from constipation and accompanying pills in about 1-2 minutes. Since there are several important rules and restrictions, this breathing exercise is described in the link from the resource box below.