Your abdominal muscles are important for every day movement and activity. They act like a ‘corset’ supporting your internal organs and spine. They help you move and twist, stand upright, lift things, cough, laugh and sneeze. When you go through stoma surgery, your abdominals become weak and you lose ‘connection’ with them. When this happens your posture changes, you may start to have backache, hip or knee pain or unnecessary abdominal pain.
Reconnecting with your abdominals early in the rehabilitation phase will help you recover faster and will help reduce your risk of back pain and posture-related problems later on.