THURSDAY, January 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) – A simple pot stool under your feet could help heal constipation, say the researchers.

"These toilet stools became popular with videos such as viral videos and social media, but there was no medical evidence to determine whether they were effective or not," said researcher Peter Stanich. He is Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Ohio State University.

"This study shows that these simple devices can relieve symptoms such as constipation, bloating and incomplete void, and can help people to have more comfortable and effective intestinal movements", he said in a press release from the university.

The study included 52 participants aged 29 years on average and 40% women. Although study participants were in good health, 44% reported having difficulty with bowel movements and one-third had difficulty emptying their intestines completely.

After four weeks of using a toilet stool, 71% of participants had faster bowel movements and 90% reported having less stress, according to the study published online recently in the Journal of Toilet. Clinical Gastroenterology.

"It is important to note that at the end of the study, two-thirds of the participants stated that they would continue to use a toilet stool," Stanich said.

A stool underfoot improves the position of the body while going to the saddle. The body is supposed to be squatting, but sitting on a toilet causes a crease in the rectum that makes it more difficult to complete bowel movement, explained Stanich.

Transit problems can cause bloating, constipation and hemorrhoidsand lead to serious health problems, such as pelvic floor lesions and hernias. One in six Americans suffers from constipation.

"I encourage everyone with intestinal problems, constipation or diarrhea to discuss it with their doctor – not only can your doctor help you feel better, but it can also prevent more serious illnesses." said Stanich.

Rachel Shepherd is a physical therapist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. "It's hard to talk about stool, and not many people want to talk about constipation," she said.

"But there's something as simple as changing your stance by adding a stool, it's an easy solution that anyone can add," she suggested.