Men’s Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
Pelvic floor dysfunction is not something reserved for women…men have pelvic floors too! In fact, 1 in 5 Americans suffers from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction, the majority of which go untreated.
Muscle tension and/or weakness in the pelvic floor muscles can contribute to many issues and can present as:
- Pelvic, bladder, rectal, or testicular pain
- Abdominal or groin pain
- Urinary leaking or retention
- Urinary urgency, frequency, or hesitancy
- Constipation or other GI dysfunction
- Hip, sacrum, or tailbone pain
- Erectile Dysfunction
Pelvic Floor Muscle Tension
The muscles in the pelvis often become too tense or “over-active,” which is often the root cause of many symptoms that men experience. Overly tight muscles can irritate or compress the bladder, urethra, and bowel, lead to decreased blood flow, restrict or compress nerves, and/or cause painful tender points.
Many adults have excess pelvic muscle tension which can be caused by a myriad of things such as regular clenching of pelvic muscles due to stress and anxiety or high impact sport or activity. Often the pelvic floor muscles can “guard” against pain or overcompensate for weak muscles that work with the pelvic floor like the spine, hips or abdominals. Surgeries and scar tissue also contribute to pain and poor mobility of the surrounding tissues.
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Tension Include:
- Urinary urgency/frequency
- Urinary retention
- Difficulty starting stream or weak stream
- Burning sensation in the bladder, urethra, or with urination
- Pain in the testicles, groin, rectum, or tailbone
- Pain with ejaculation or other sexual dysfunction
- Constipation or loose stools
- Tailbone or sacrum/low back/hip pain
Pelvic Floor Weakness
Weakness in the pelvic muscles can also occur in men, typically as a result of pelvic surgeries such as post-prostatectomy or chronic constipation. Nearly all men will experience ED following radical prostatectomy and a vast majority will experience incontinence due to the loss of the bladder neck sphincter.
- Erectile dysfunction
- Involuntary leaking of urine or feces
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
A trained pelvic floor physical therapist can evaluate your pelvic floor muscles and identify issues with excess muscle tension, weakness, or challenges with coordination.
You will be taught exercises & techniques to improve your coordination and to either strengthen or release your muscles. Also, you will also be taught strategies to improve bladder, bowel, and sexual functioning.
Biofeedback can be used to strengthen the ‘mind-body’ connection and improve your ability to strengthen or release your pelvic muscles. In addition, internal and external manual therapy may be used to stretch and release pelvic muscles and reduce trigger points.
We understand that many men feel embarrassed to discuss these issues, and we will do our best to put you at ease – we have heard it all before!
We aim to help you understand the underlying causes of your symptoms, answer all your questions, and explain what you can do to improve or resolve your issues.
If you are looking for an expert in pelvic health in Portland, Maine, Adrienne McCauley is here to help. Our services are offered in a caring and professional environment exclusively dedicated to the health of all those affected by pelvic floor dysfunction.
Contact Adrienne today!
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