Can men benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy?

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Although pelvic floor exercises (such as “Kegels”) are often associated with women’s health, the muscles of the male pelvic floor are just as important in supporting the bladder, bowel and sexual function. Men can benefit from physiotherapy to break the cycle of pain and dysfunction and improve urinary and fecal continence, bladder control and sexual function.

The male pelvic floor is a hammock of muscle stretching from the tailbone at the back to the pubic bone at the front. It contains a complex series of muscle groups that help to support the bladder, bowel and sexual function. Many men have painful pelvic conditions affecting these muscles such as prolapse, pelvic pain syndrome and bladder and bowel incontinence. Often these muscles are tight, have poor coordination and do not work together properly causing a vicious cycle of pain and dysfunction.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy East Sheen in men can be due to tight muscles, nerves, inflammation or other factors. Our physiotherapists will assess the cause of your symptoms and develop an individual treatment plan to improve your symptoms. We aim to relieve your pain quickly and effectively so you can return to your normal activities as soon as possible.

Can men benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy for men with pelvic problems can include manual techniques such as massage, trigger point release, dry needling (acupuncture) and manipulation of the joints in the pelvis. Exercise, biofeedback and educating patients to strengthen weaker muscle and change the pattern of movement in the area can also be beneficial.

Men who have had prostate surgery can benefit from physiotherapy to improve their urinary and sexual function. Prostate surgery can impact the urethra and bladder, leading to urinary incontinence, bladder pain and sexual dysfunction (including erectile dysfunction). Physiotherapy can enhance blood flow to the prostate, increase muscular tone in the pelvic area and improve sexual function after prostate surgery.

We understand that the pelvic area can be a very sensitive subject for men and therefore our physical exam is always based on your comfort and consent. This may involve a digital vaginal and/or rectal examination of the perineum as well as external examination of the hips, thighs, knees and low back. We will talk you through the exam step by step so you feel confident and in control.

We offer a full pelvic health physiotherapy service at our clinic in East Sheen. Contact us to book your first appointment for a 1 hour consultation. During this assessment we will take a detailed history of your problem and then perform a thorough musculoskeletal examination. If you have a GP referral please bring it with you. If not we will discuss the best options for your care with you. You will receive a detailed report and treatment plan to get you better as quickly as possible. We are state registered chartered physiotherapists recognised by all major insurance companies.

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