Pelvic and vestibular physiotherapist in Markham

By: Tanya Kestenberg

Physiotherapist and Pelvic Floor Therapist

In the past pelvic floor issues were traditionally associated with women, but in recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of pelvic floor physiotherapy for men. Men face a range of pelvic challenges that can significantly impact their quality of life. In this post, we'll discuss two common conditions from the list above and explain how pelvic physiotherapy can be of benefit to you, if you suffer from them.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy for men

Men should consider seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist when they experience any of the following symptoms or conditions: 

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic pain syndrome
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Pre- and Post-Prostate Surgery
  • If you're having difficulty emptying your bladder or bowels
  • Recurrent constipation

Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence: A Common Challenge

Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among men, with prostatectomy being a common treatment. However, a potential side effect of this procedure is post-prostatectomy incontinence, which can severely affect a man's self-esteem, social interactions, and overall well-being. This condition involves involuntary leakage of urine after surgery due the fact that one of the two sphincters that control urine flow is removed along with the prostate. Loss of this sphincter, and possible post surgical nerve or muscle damage, may lead to incontinence.

pelvic floor physiotherapy for men

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy: Empowering Your Recovery

Pelvic physiotherapy for men has gained prominence as a non-invasive and effective approach to addressing post-prostatectomy incontinence. This specialized form of physiotherapy aims to strengthen and retrain the pelvic floor muscles, which play a crucial role in maintaining urinary continence.

Pelvic physiotherapists can employ various techniques, such as strengthening exercises, education, biofeedback, and electrical stimulation, to target and engage the weakened pelvic muscles. Through individualized assessment and treatment, men can gradually regain control over their bladder function, reducing or eliminating the involuntary urine leakage that often accompanies post-prostatectomy incontinence.

Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Another significant challenge that some men face is pelvic pain syndrome, also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). This condition involves a range of symptoms, commonly including pain in the pelvic region, urinary and sexual dysfunction. CPPS can be debilitating, affecting a man's physical, emotional, and social well-being.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy: Easing the Burden of Pain

Pelvic pain syndrome is a complex issue that can have various underlying causes, including muscular dysfunction and nerve irritation. Pelvic floor physiotherapy offers a multi-faceted approach to managing and alleviating the symptoms associated with CPPS. Through thorough assessment, including detailed history taking, biomechanical orthopaedic exam and pelvic floor tone assessment pelvic physiotherapist can decide on the best treatment to recommend to break the pain cycle. Some of the commonly used techniques are hands-on (manual) therapy, stretching exercises, and relaxation techniques. 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or conditions, or if you have concerns about your pelvic health, consider scheduling an appointment with a pelvic floor therapist. Early intervention can help to achieve more effective outcomes and improve your quality of life.

Don't let Pelvic pain ruin your day

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help you get back on track. Tanya has post graduate training in pelvic floor and advanced management of orthopaedic and sports injuries to guide you towards achieving all of your wellness goals.

Don't let pain ruin your day

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