In recent years, pelvic floor therapy has become a popular topic among healthcare professionals and patients alike. Though it is most commonly associated with women's health, pelvic floor therapy can be extremely beneficial for men as well. Here's a look at some of the key ways in which pelvic floor therapy can improve men's health.
1. Pelvic floor therapy can help treat or prevent incontinence.
Fortunately, pelvic floor therapy can be an effective treatment for incontinence in men. By strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor, therapy can help to prevent leaks and accidents. For some men, just a few therapy sessions may be enough to see a significant improvement.
2. Pelvic floor therapy can improve sexual function.
The pelvic floor muscles don't just play a role in urinary and fecal continence—they also play an important part in sexual function. These muscles work together to provide support for the bladder and intestines as well as to contract during ejaculation. When the muscles are weak or dysfunctional, sexual problems can arise.
Pelvic floor therapy can help to strengthen and tone these muscles, leading to improved sexual function. Men who undergo pelvic floor therapy may find that they have better erections, more sensation during sex, and greater satisfaction overall.
3. Pelvic floor therapy can relieve pain.
Chronic pain in the pelvic region is another common problem that afflicts many men. Conditions like prostatitis—inflammation of the prostate gland—can cause pain that ranges from mildly annoying to debilitating. Other causes of pelvic pain include hernias, muscle spasms, and scar tissue formation following surgery.
Pelvic floor physical therapists are specially trained to work with men suffering from chronic pain in the pelvis. Through a combination of manual techniques and exercises, therapists can help break the cycle of pain and pelvic floor dysfunction by restoring normal muscle function and movement patterns in the area. This can lead to significant relief from painful symptoms for many men with chronic pelvic pain disorders.
Pelvic floor physical therapy offers a wide range of benefits for men's health—including improved urinary and fecal continence, enhanced sexual function, and relief from chronic pain disorders. If you're suffering from any of these problems, it may be time to give pelvic floor physical therapy a try. You may find that it is just what you need to improve your quality of life. Reach out to our team at Human Integrated Performance to connect with a physiotherapist.