Pelvic floor expert claims she’s found a trick to keep you from over-wiping your bottom
- It is known that excessive wiping of your buttocks can cause you to bleed
- But now a physical therapist has told her trick to help you rule out that risk
- The doctor, from BIEN Australia, says it all has to do with pelvic floor exercises
It is known that excessive wiping of your buttocks can cause you to bleed.
But now a physical therapist has shared her trick to help you rule out that risk — simply by scaling back the number of sheets of paper you need.
BIEN Australia, which claims to be an Australian pelvic floor wellness brand, posted the advice on TikTok.
A physical therapist named George, who recorded the clip, says it’s all about pelvic floor exercises.
It is known that excessive wiping of your buttocks can cause you to bleed. But now a physiotherapist has shared her trick to help you rule out that risk — simply by scaling back to the number of sheets of paper you need
George (pictured), whose video has been viewed 4 million times, said: ‘A technique you can use to reduce the number of times you wipe is by compressing your pelvic floor into a waterfall shape. Start squeezing the anus 20 percent, then 50 percent, then 80 percent and 100 percent’
What Are Pelvic Floor Exercises?
Pelvic floor exercises strengthen the muscles around your bladder, buttocks, and vagina or penis.
Strengthening these can help urinary incontinence, treat pelvic organ prolapse, and improve sex.
Everyone can benefit from pelvic floor exercises.
You can feel your pelvic floor muscles as you try to stop the flow of urine when you go to the toilet.
To strengthen the muscles, squeeze them 10 to 15 times.
Do not hold your breath and do not tighten your abdominal, buttock or thigh muscles at the same time.
As you get used to doing pelvic floor exercises, you can try holding each squeeze for a few seconds.
The exercises, also called Kegels, are mostly used by women after they give birth to reduce their risk of urinary incontinence.
But the same muscles, which run from the tailbone to the pubic bone, can also boost bowel control.
For this reason, charities recommend pelvic floor exercises for people with fecal incontinence.
These exercises strengthen the muscles around the bladder and bowel to keep them closed to prevent unwanted leaks and relax them to empty them.
Difficulty getting “clean” after going to the toilet is a sign of weakened pelvic floor muscles.
George, whose video has garnered 4 million views, said, “A technique you can use to reduce the number of times you wipe is to compress your pelvic floor into a waterfall shape.”
It is not clear what she means by the waterfall technique.
She added, “Start with squeezing the anus at 20 percent, then 50 percent, then 80 percent, and 100 percent.”
Those who take this approach will have squeezed four times by the time they finish on the toilet.
George said, “This can help close off the anal sphincter, which is why there are small bits of stool hanging at the entrance – it’s usually due to weakness of the external sphincter.”
Health chiefs advise everyone to do pelvic floor exercises.
However, George’s “waterfall technique” after a toilet visit seems unique, meaning the benefits are unclear.