Constipation is commonly identified as a condition where the faecal matter is so tightly packed together, that bowel movements are infrequent, with difficulty and much straining.
Old hardened faeces stick to the walls of the colon. The passage through which the faeces are forced to travel is much reduced, so that stools are narrow in diameter.
In our society, bowel movements of the chronically constipated may be looked upon as being ‘normal’ stools. You may be constipated without realising!
Experts believe the average adult has 5-20 pounds of accumulated waste stuck in their colon.