by Katelyn Sheehan, PT
Have you ever experienced any of these symptoms?
If you answered yes, then splinting may be a useful tool for you. Splinting is a technique often used by patients with pelvic organ prolapse to help them fully empty their bowels or bladder. Splinting is primarily suggested for helping with constipation, but certain splinting techniques can also help with urinary symptoms. Typically, splinting is performed by inserting a clean finger into the vagina to help hold, or splint, the pelvic organs and stabilize them in a more optimal position while using the bathroom. This can help hold the bowels or bladder in a more upright position to allow for full emptying when you go to the bathroom. You may also find that splinting externally can also help; this involves applying some gentle upward pressure to the perineum (see pictures and video below).
Internal splinting for the bladder/urethra
Begin by sitting on the toilet. Then use a clean finger with or without some toilet paper around it. Insert the tip of your finger into the vagina and gently apply some pressure forward, away from your spine.
INTERNAL splinting for the bowels
Begin by sitting on the toilet. Then use a clean finger with or without some toilet paper around it. Insert the tip of your finger into the vagina and gently apply some pressure backward, toward your spine.
EXTERNAL splinting for bowels