Squatting Toilets - Wesley Chapel chiropractorSquatting toilets were very popular during the early times when people eliminate in a toilet in a squatting position. Most countries before use a squatting toilet since the new toilet seats we have now has yet to be invented. Nevertheless, these primitive toilets are in fact better than the sitting toilets we have now, and could ease the stress on your spine between your Wesley Chapel chiropractor visits.

Most squatting toilets are installed at the level of the ground to make squatting easier. A special squatting toilet known as a pedestal toilet actually has the same height with that of the sitting toilet, only that it is especially designed for squatting. Other people also tend to squat on sitting toilets, but it may be very dangerous because it may cause accidental slips as these are not designed for squatting.

Squatting toilets were studied to be better than sitting toilets. In this line, it would be a great option to have your conventional toilet seats replaced by a squatting toilet due to the following reasons:

• Squatting toilets makes elimination easier, faster and more complete.
Elimination is an important undertaking because this prevents build-up of toxins in the body. A squatting position is more efficient than a sitting position when eliminating because of the following mechanisms:

• It increases the intra-abdominal pressure
During squatting, the thighs are pressed against the abdomen and the weight rests on the feet. This position increases the pressure in the abdomen as you try to eliminate since the colon is compressed.

• It protects the small intestines and the appendix
When the right thigh presses against the right abdomen, the pressure compresses the cecum, which is connected to the ileocecal valve and the appendix. Due to this, fecal matter is prevented from entering the appendix as well as the ileocecal valve that is connected to the small intestines; thereby maintaining the appendix and the small intestines to be feces-free. The presence of fecal material in the appendix may lead to appendicitis.

• It releases the kink in the sigmoid colon
The normal anatomical position of the sigmoid colon is kinked as it connects to the rectum. A squatting position releases this kinked position of the sigmoid colon making it easier to pass tool. This mechanism is done as the left thigh presses and pushes the sigmoid colon up.

• It prevents choking of the rectum during elimination
The puborectalis muscle normally chokes the rectum to prevent fecal continence. During squatting, this muscle is relaxed making it easier to pass stool from the rectum.
These benefits of squatting toilet in terms of elimination prevent the development of inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis as well as colon cancer.

• Squatting toilets is a scientific, non-invasive remedy for hemorrhoids.
Since elimination becomes easier in a squatting position, this may significantly relieve pressure in the rectum; thereby preventing further progression of hemorrhoids.

• Squatting toilets may help prevent damage to the nerves in the bladder, prostate and uterus.
A squatting position also helps prevent damage to the nerves in the abdomen as pressure is focused on the colon rather than the other organs such as the bladder, uterus and prostate. For pregnant women, a squatting position is best to relieve pressure in the growing uterus.

Since a squatting position proves more benefits than a sitting position during elimination, it would be best to consider having one. If you don’t intend to replace your toilet seats, it may also be wise to use a toilet seat converter than will allow you to squat safely in your toilet seats.