Men’s Health at Touch of Life Physical Therapy
At Touch of Life Physical Therapy we understand that pelvic health is a complex and sensitive issue. It affects both genders, and all ethnicities. Research has shown that 50% of men will develop chronic pelvic pain syndrome/prostatitis at some point in their lifetime.1 Physical therapy for pelvic pain has been shown to dramatically reduce pelvic pain for good, and improve sexual dysfunction by almost 90%.1,2 Our therapists will use every facet of their training.
Our program offers multiple strategies to help you heal from a variety of conditions including:
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. When the prostate becomes enlarged it can cause a plethora of problems including compression of the urethra and can slow or stop the passage of urine. 1,3 Our goal is to create space around the prostate using manual therapy techniques to allow for the passage of urine and decrease pain.
Erectile and Ejaculatory Dysfunction
Erectile and Ejaculatory Dysfunction can arise when the prostate becomes enlarged and impedes the flow of blood to the penis, or irritates surrounding nerve tissue. Problems can also arise after surgery when inflammation impedes nerve conduction. Our goal is to determine the primary cause of dysfunction after a thorough evaluation. Rather by increasing space around the prostate, decreasing inflammation or increasing pelvic mobility our goal is to eliminate pain and decrease dysfunction.
Incontinence is the inability to stop the flow of urine. Although less common in men than women, it is a very real problem Typically it occurs after an injury or surgical insult. Our therapists will perform an evaluation to determine how to direct treatment. Treatment may include manual therapy techniques to the pelvis, spine or bladder. They may also include a pelvic floor strengthening or stretching program.
Pelvic Pain and Prostatitis
Prostatitis has two forms: Acute and Chronic. Acute pain is treated by your physician and should never receive manual therapy.1,3 Its symptom include genital pain and burning, fatigue, and a fever of typically 102°-104°.1,3 Chronic Prostatitis is an ideal candidate for manual therapy. Symptoms are similar to acute prostatitis but present with no fever, and slowly build over a period of time. Chronic Prostatitis symptoms also include pain with urination, penile, ejaculatory and anal pain. Our goal is to use manual therapy techniques to alleviate pain and increase mobility of the pelvis and prostate. Trigger point release and myofascial release of the pelvic floor are often helpful modalities.
“You can think of muscle-based pelvic pain as a chronic spasm or Charlie horse in the pelvic floor fed by tension, pain, anxiety and protective guarding.”1span> Pelvic pain can be caused by a direct trauma to the pelvis or it can have an insidious onset and develop over time. Our therapists will take a thorough history and perform an evaluation to help determine contributing factors to your pain. Modalities such as manual therapy, biofeedback and ultrasound can help to alleviate chronic and acute pelvic pain.
Rectal pain can be caused by an insult to the rectum, surgery, infections of the pelvis or prostatitis. Our program goal is to help you identify factors contributing the pain, and eliminate sources of dysfunction.
- Anderson, Rodney. Wise, David. A Headache in the Pelvis. National Center for Pelvic Pain Research Publishing, 2011
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- Barral, Jean-Pierre. Manual Therapy for the Prostate. North Atlantic Books, 2010