Behavioural treatment works for chronic constipation

Behavioural therapy may become the preferred treatment for  idiopathic chronic constipation, according to study led by Australian gastroenterologist Professor Michael Kamm.

Pain and bloating improved in 80% of patients, and most patients recorded better physical and mental health scores, according to the study published in the Internal Medicine Journal.

Seven in 10 of the patients who completed the treatment reported symptomatic improvement, with their bowel frequency improving from once every 2-7 days to 1-3 a day.