Performance Pelvic Health Celebrates Men’s Health. And to celebrate proper pelvic health, it’s important to know the benefits of having a strong pelvic floor!
For many men, workouts probably include cardio, weight training for the legs, back, and arms, and maybe even some stretching. But what about those other muscles that should be added to this workout regime? Have you ever thought about the importance of strengthening your pelvic floor?
Often, the discussion of pelvic health can be led down the road of Kegels, and focus on women strengthening their pelvic floor after having a baby to prevent or stop urinary leakage. But in reality, men leak too! And it is common for men to experience pelvic floor dysfunction.
The pelvic floor consists of several layers of muscle and connecting tissues that lay across the bottom of your pelvis between your pubic bone in the front and tailbone in the back. These muscles help prevent bladder or bowel leakage, pain with sex, and support your prostate and upper body weight while stabilizing your hips during activity. It can even have an impact on your sexual function!
Male pelvic pain can be quite alarming and typically feel like lower abdominal or prostate discomfort that can radiate to the genitals, tailbone, or into the inner upper thighs. Men with pelvic floor dysfunction may experience leakage after voiding, prostate pain, constipation, or genital and groin pain. Some men can experience these symptoms on and off for several months at a time, but if these symptoms persist past 3 months, then it may be time to seek help.
Typically, men with pelvic pain will visit their primary care physician or are treated by a Urologist for their symptoms as an infection of the prostate called prostatitis. Some men may feel improvement with prescribed antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories and life is good again! However, 90% of these prostatitis cases may be associated with chronic pelvic pain symptoms and will reoccur or not respond completely to the treatment. The underlying cause may not be an infection at all, but rather an issue called chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) which is the most common urologic disease in men under 50 years old. Most CP/CPPS symptoms can even be present on average for 87 months before diagnosis!
If conventional treatment such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories has not been effective in relieving or managing your chronic pelvic pain, you may consider physical therapy as part of your recovery care plan.
Physical therapy can help to address the muscle tension and nerve sensations emitted from these painful areas. Hands-on techniques, patient education, and exercise may also help get patients back to maintaining an optimal quality of life.
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