Male Pelvic Pain & Specialist Men’s Health Physiotherapy
In association with leading UK Chartered Physiotherapist Adrian Wagstaff, our Men's Health Physiotherapy service has been launched at Health & Sports Physiotherapy in our Cardiff Clinic
What is Men's Health Physiotherapy?
Men's Health physiotherapy is a specialist branch of physiotherapy that deals with male pelvic pain, pelvic floor and pelvic organ dysfunction.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy and Men’s Health physiotherapy treats the following conditions:
- Prostate cancer
- Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Hard Flaccid syndrome
- The male pelvic floor (yes gentleman, we have one!)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain in Perinium like Pudendal Neuralgia (between the testicles and rectum)
- Pain after sex
- Premature ejaculation
- Urinary and/or faecal incontinence
What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain can be described as ongoing symptoms in possibly the pelvic area, abdomen, anorectal area (bum), scrotum or testicles. There may also be pain on sexual activity or passing urine or on bowel movements. It’s likely you will also have undergone considerable examinations such as urological, colorectal with usually negative findings which can be both reassuring and frustrating as the pain and symptoms remain despite the negative tests. The absence of any infectious or bacterial cause also usually results in the somewhat worrying diagnosis of Chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
What symptoms are common?
Pain on sexual activity
Low back pain or abdominal pelvic pain
Low mood, anxiety, often difficultly with relationships
Why might I develop Pelvic Pain ?
Chronic Prostatitis or Chronic Pelvic Pain
Pelvic Pain can be associated with Prostate Problems especially Chronic prostatitis or Chronic pelvic pain (This is the most common type of pelvic pain).
Pudendal Neuralgia (This is another common condition which affects the important Pudendal nerve in the pelvis. Compression or irritation of this can lead to pain, pins and needles and numbness as it supplies the penis , perineum ( between penis and rectum) and rectum. It’s also very common in cyclists)
Post operative pain (Pelvic pain can be common post bowel or prostate surgery)
Can I be treated for Pelvic Pain?
Yes but it is a very specialised area of Physiotherapy practice
What might Specialised Pelvic Pain Physiotherapy involve?
Your treatment will depend on your diagnosis and may include some of the following:
Hands on manual therapy treatment to your low back and pelvis, getting the joints moving correctly
Trigger point therapy: Getting the muscles working properly and rid of the overactive parts in both the low back muscles, hip muscles and pelvic floor muscles. You will also be taught how to do this yourself also.
Pelvic floor exercises to release your pelvic floor
Getting you moving better, think yoga poses and squatting
Specific hip, spine and pelvis exercises to get you and your pelvic floor moving better
Specialised Breathing and relaxation work
Re-education of the pelvic floor, hip and abdominal musculature general exercise
Education regarding pain