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Men’s Pelvic Health

Men’s pelvic health is essential but is often overlooked. While conversations around pelvic health have recently gained traction, the focus tends to lean heavily towards women’s health. This leaves men’s pelvic health concerns often sidelined. Some men don’t even realise they have a pelvic floor.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 10 men may experience pelvic floor or continence issues during their lifetime

  • Up to 70% of men suffer from urinary incontinence following prostatectomy surgery

  • 16% of men over 18 have overactive bladder

  • 5-10% of men suffer from pelvic pain

One of the key areas affecting men’s pelvic health is incontinence. While it’s commonly associated with women, men can also present with these symptoms. Particularly as they age. Causes vary from prostate issues to neurological disorders or injury. With limited conversation regarding men’s pelvic health some choose to delay seeking help leading them to suffer in silence.

Prostate problems account for another area of men’s pelvic health. Conditions like prostatitis, enlarged prostate, or prostate cancer can significantly impact men’s lives. Pelvic pain and urgency are yet other issues that affect men but receive less attention. Conditions like chronic pelvic pain syndrome or interstitial cystitis can lead to debilitating pain and affect one’s quality of life.

Men tend to hesitate to discuss these concerns or health issues. Education plays a crucial role in normalising conversations and encouraging men to prioritise their well-being. Healthcare providers need to create safe spaces where men feel comfortable discussing their pelvic health concerns.

Inclusive healthcare environments, education and awareness, help pave the way for men to feel empowered to address their pelvic health concerns.

How can a pelvic floor physiotherapist help?

Assessment

– Conduct a comprehensive assessment to understand the specific pelvic health concerns.

– Evaluate pelvic floor muscle function, strength, and coordination.

Education

– Provide detailed information about pelvic health conditions and their causes.

– Educate on lifestyle modifications that can alleviate symptoms and improve pelvic health.

Exercise

– Develop personalised exercise program targeting pelvic floor muscles.

Treatment strategies

– Use manual therapy to address factors contributing to tension in the pelvic floor, pain or discomfort.

– Offer strategies and techniques for managing bladder control issues.

– Provide guidance on bladder training to enhance control and reduce urgency.

– Utilise various methods to alleviate pelvic pain and discomfort.

– Implement relaxation techniques to reduce muscle tension and pain symptoms.

– Offer guidance on optimising posture and body mechanics to alleviate pelvic issues.

Additionally, pelvic floor physiotherapists aim to provide guidance and empower men to take an active role in their pelvic health, helping management and prevention of recurrent issues.

 

Alex

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

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