Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, is a condition that affects countless people around the world. The symptoms of hemorrhoids include pain and itchiness around the rectal area and, sometims, traces of blood during bowel movements. Causes vary but this condition is mostly the result of exerting too much pressure during bowel movements. Obesity is also considered a cause of hemorrhoids, as is pregnancy. Basically, any type of condition or activity that puts stress on the rectal area may lead to hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can cause extreme pain depending on the severity. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to alleviate the symptoms or prevent hemorrhoids from developing altogether.
Studies have shown that certain exercises can help give relief to those who are suffering from hemorrhoids. The following exercises are a safe and all natural way to treat this condition.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are known to help improve abdominal muscles but they can also improve muscles a little further down. Certain extreme cases of hemorrhoids may lead to blood vessels within the rectum to become so enlarged that they start to appear around the anus. A good way to prevent this is by strengthening anal area and this can be done by performing pelvic floor exercises. A simple exercise that you can perform is by simply tightening the muscles around the thighs upwards to your buttocks. Clenching and releasing these muscles for 10 second intervals should be a good start.
Once you have mastered this exercise try increasing the speed by contracting and relaxing pelvic muscles as fast as possible 10 times then relaxing for 10 seconds before doing it again.
Abdominal exercises are highly recommended thanks to the improving blood circulation around the abdominal area. This improvement in blood circulation can help with blood flow in that area. Abdominal exercises are also great for treating constipation. By working on your abdominal muscles you not only strengthen that part of your body but also improve blood circulation which is vital when it comes to hemorrhoid treatment. There are different types of abdominal exercises that you can perform.
One we highly recommend is simple crunch sit-ups, where you lie on your back on the floor, fold your knees up so that your feet are close to your rear end and then slowly lift your shoulders off the floor towards your knees as far as you can and then hold for 3 seconds.
Treatment, and especially prevention, of hemorrhoids requires a combination of approaches including a healthy diet and daily exercise. Hemorrhoids can sometimes become quite a severe and may lead to more serious health risks if left unchecked. It is best to either prevent this condition or treat it when it is still in its early stages.