Rectal Prolapse Strengthening and Recovery Exercises

Rectal Prolapse Exercises

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy videos and information for managing rectal prolapse

Exercises and techniques that help you:

  • Reduce prolapse symptoms
  • Improve prolapse supports
  • Exercise safely and avoid prolapse worsening

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prolapse exercises


with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Michelle Kenway

Learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your prolapse and reduce your risk of prolapse worsening.

Prolapse Exercises is a complete exercise guide for women with prolapse seeking to exercise safely and protect their pelvic floor.


What Causes Rectal Prolapse?

Rectal prolapse occurs when the lower part of the bowel (rectum) moves down towards and sometimes protrudes out of the anus.

Occurs when supportive tissues that keep the rectum in position become weakened.

Risk factors include:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness or injury
  • Pelvic floor nerve damage
  • Previous anal surgery
  • Heavy lifting
  • Ageing

Symptoms of Rectal Prolapse

Symptoms of a prolapsed rectum can be divided into two categories; those symptoms caused directly by the prolapse and others that develop because of difficulties with cleanliness.

Signs and symptoms of a prolapsed rectum include:

  • Visible bulge from the anus
  • Constipation and straining
  • Incomplete bowel emptying
  • Wetness and mucous discharge
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Anal discomfort often worse late in the day
  • Anal discomfort worse with heavy lifting and intense gym exercise

Non Surgical Treatment for Rectal Prolapse

Non surgical treatment for prolapsed rectum can assist with mucosal prolapse (partial prolapse).

Full thickness rectal prolapse or internal intussusception require surgical management.

Physiotherapy treatment for rectal prolapse includes:

  • Pelvic floor muscle strengthening and rehabilitation
  • Training in correct bowel emptying position and technique
  • Dietary management of stool consistency
  • Managing coexisting health problems (e.g. obesity, bowel disease)
  • Lifestyle modification (e.g. heavy lifting, inappropriate fitness exercises)