Pelvic Health for Men
Men Can Have Pelvic Area Pain Too
Being a guy with pelvic health problems can be a challenge. And as you age there can be any number of issues that can result in pain and dysfunction.
Although the prostate is often blamed for many male pelvic problems, there can be many other reasons for bladder, bowel and sexual problems. Pelvic floor muscles, connective tissue and lower lumbar nerves can all be potential culprits in male pelvic pain. In addition, joint and muscle problems such as chronic groin strains, unresolving hip and low back problems can all contribute to chronic pelvic pain.
With so many different potential sources of pelvic pain, it’s important to work with a health professional that not only understands the pelvis, but can also look globally to understand the potential drivers of your pain.
The beauty is that pelvic floor physiotherapy at CURA can help to address and treat the underlying causes of pelvic pain in men.
It’s Time to Pay Attention
Far too often men have never paid any attention to their pelvic floor health. When everything seems to be functioning well, a second thought is never given to this area. But pain has a way of waking us up to the need to develop new awareness and habits.
We find that men with pelvic pain benefit from:
- Learning to activate their pelvic floor muscles effectively
- Identifying strategies to relax their pelvis both in sitting and with activity
- Understanding healthy bowel and bladder habits
- Identifying food and lifestyle triggers that may be making pelvic pain worse
An Unhappy Prostate
Unfortunately, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian men and surgery is often be required.
Even though we’re happy to help you throughout your recovery process, we find that men with prostate cancer are best seen before prostate surgery. Why you may ask?
Working on retraining your pelvic floor muscles, developing improved bowel and bladder habits, and lifestyle changes are far easier to address without the stress and discomfort that is experienced post surgery.
A recent figure states that 1 in 9 men are incontinent with the most common cause being radical prostatectomy
Our Treatment Approach
At CURA we take what is called a multi-modal approach meaning that we use different strategies and treatment approaches to help you move and function better.
We perform a comprehensive exam and assessment of the pelvic floor muscles as well as assess the surrounding structures such as your abdominal organs and fascia. An evaluation is made of your hips, low back and sacrum to understand their potential involvement in your pelvic pain.
From our assessment we develop a program of treatment that can include any (and potentially all) of the following:
- Training of your pelvic floor muscles
- Manual therapy to address imbalances in the bones and joints as well as the viscer.
- Stress management strategies to help you regain optimal breathing and posture
- Pain science education to help understand the mechanisms of persistent pain
- Education regarding healthy bowel and bladder habits
- Ultrasound biofeedback to help you retrain key pelvic muscles
Regardless of where you find yourself today, we’re here to help. For more information, please do not hesitate to give our clinic a call.