Sitz bath are useful in treating any condition involving the rectum or pelvis. By this simple procedure muscle cramps and pelvic pain can often be relieved without having to use powerful drugs. Sitz baths are also useful in relieving urinary retention and spasms of rectum.
The patient sits on a folded towel in a tub of warm water for a period of 15 to 30 minutes several times a day. The water should be at least six inches deep and the temperature somewhere around 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit. Some doctors like to give alternating sitz baths, using both hot and cold water, thus increasing the effectiveness of the treatment.
Sitz baths are very beneficial following operations on the rectum for hemorrhoids, fissures. Fistulas and similar conditions. After such an operation the patient may be instructed to take several sitz baths every day and also during the night if necessary. These treatments are a real aid in healing the tissues. If the weather is cool, a blanket should be draped around the shoulders to prevent chilling. After the treatment the patient should return to bad for a time.