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Non-pharmacologic Treatment for Elderly Constipation: Lifestyle Modification
Korean J Clin Geri 2018 Jun;19(1):16-22
Published online June 30, 2018;  https://doi.org/10.15656/kjcg.2018.19.1.16
Copyright © 2018 The Korean Academy of Clinical Geriatrics.

Tae Hee Lee

Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul Hospital, Soonchunhyang University, Seoul, Korea
Received May 28, 2018; Revised June 13, 2018; Accepted June 14, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
 Abstract
Constipation is a common problem among the elderly. There is low evidence of lifestyle modification for the relief of constipation, but this change in lifestyle does not have negative side effects nor does it require additional costs. In some patients, lifestyle modification alone can relieve and prevent symptoms of constipation. This review focuses on the impact of lifestyle modification such as food, water intake, physical activity, massage, defecation position and abdominal breathing, in order to alleviate constipation symptoms.
Keywords : Breathing, Constipation, Elderly, Food, Physical activity
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