Men’s Pelvic Health

There has been a lack of awareness and attention paid to men’s pelvic health issues; sadly, many of men’s pelvic health concerns¬† go untreated.¬† Some may receive an inaccurate diagnosis and may go years before finding the right team of health care practitioners to provide an effective treatment plan.¬† Generally, a multidisciplinary approach, including a pelvic health physical therapist, is the most effective way of addressing many of men’s pelvic health needs. Working with an integrative “team” of providers will help you addresses your medical, functional, and lifestyle needs, often allowing you to lead a fulfilled and pain-free life.

A pelvic health physical therapist can assist with the following symptoms:

  • Urinary Incontinence/Retention
  • Urinary Urgency/Frequency
  • Painful Urination
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Prostatitis
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
  • Burning Ejaculation
  • Painful Scars/Adhesions
  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
  • Post Pelvic Surgeries
  • Pain with Intercourse
  • Sacroiliac (SI) pain
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Abdominal/groin/hip pain

What to expect on your first visit

Your initial visit will include an assessment of your posture, muscle flexibility and strength, pelvic and lumbar symmetry, stress level, body awareness and a pelvic floor muscle exam. As the body is a multi-faceted, we will also discuss other system influences on your musculoskeletal system including mental/emotional concerns, life stressors, and your current pain and symptom experience.

Plan of Care

The subsequent treatment usually entails a combination of therapies including:

  • Manual Therapy to restore pelvic and lumbar symmetry, reduce muscle tension, increase flexibility, improve joint mobility, and address scar tissue.
  • Functional re-training of posture, body mechanics, faulty movement patterns, and coordination of abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
  • Home exercise and movement program to build strength, improve flexibility and enhance mobility.
  • Self-care program involving bowel and bladder habits and relaxation techniques to improve body awareness.
  • Biofeedback or electrical stimulation, if necessary.
  • Discussion and implementation of adaptations and life style changes.

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