Linc Pisio, Corina Kerrison
Pelvic health physiotherapy can alleviate discomfort and improve your quality of life.
This may come as a surprise, but men have pelvic floors too. They also have a bladder, rectum, and a digestive system that can go wrong from time to time.
Men also have a prostate gland, which can be subject to inflammation, enlargement, and even cancer. Due to the fact that the prostate surrounds the urethra, bladder problems like retention or leakage can result from prostate problems.
Unfortunately, these same problems can arise from surgeries designed to remove or fix the prostate, such as the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or prostatectomy.
There is help: pelvic health physiotherapy is very beneficial for men who are suffering from bladder or sexual dysfunction (such as erectile dysfunction) as a result of the prostate impacting the surrounding tissues.
Men’s pelvic health problems do not end with the prostate. Other problems include:
We use our detective physiotherapy skills to find out what is driving the problem. It could be a problem of how the body is aligned, what muscles are overworking or underworking, and even how well the diaphragm is moving: i.e. breathing!
If the prostate has been diagnosed by a doctor as the cause of the problems, then we will work the tissues around the prostate (or where the prostate use to be if it was surgically removed) to improve the mobility of the urethra. We also teach men how to use their pelvic floor. Improving the strength and function of these muscles are very important to control bladder leaks, overactive bladder, and erectile dysfunction. Sometimes it’s retaining the pelvic floor muscles to effectively go through a relaxation phase to signal to the bladder muscle, called the detrusor muscle, that it should stop squeezing as is the case of overactive bladder (OAB).
For problems such as low back pain and tailbone pain, hands on techniques to move the joints around the spine and tailbone is often used. We will also use acupuncture and IMS to release tight, over active muscles in these areas.
Pelvic health physiotherapists are trained to evaluate and treat men’s health problems and are an essential part of the health care team to improve urinary, bowel, pelvic and back pain, as well as sexual dysfunctions.