Men’s Health Physiotherapy
What is Men’s Health Physiotherapy?
At Active Life Physiotherapy we provide assessment and treatment for uniquely male conditions. It is a very specialized area of Chartered Physiotherapy. Some of the key conditions that we treat are:
- Prostatectomy – urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction
- Pelvic pain
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Post colorectal cancer
- Urinary and Faecal Incontinence
- Urinary frequency or urgency
What do Men’s Health Chartered Physiotherapists do?
When you attend a physiotherapist they will first have a chat to get a history of the condition. The client may have been referred by their G.P. or consultant or they may self-refer. Most of the treatment for the conditions outlined above is to either to strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles incorporating this into a general exercise/wellness program. Like any other muscle in the body the pelvic floor muscles can get weak or tight and respond to exercises that strengthen or release them. Therefore, exercise programs that address the different muscles in the pelvic floor have shown great success.
Can Physiotherapy help after a Prostatectomy?
For men who have undergone treatment for prostrate cancer, an assessment and individualised program to address the common symptoms of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction can be of great benefit and should be part of the recovery process. In addition, like any surgery the fitter you are before the better the outcome. Therefore, we offer pre-operative assessment for those who wish to begin strengthening prior to the surgery.
Can Physiotherapy help with Pelvic Pain?
Pelvic pain can be treated very effectively by specialized physiotherapists. Pelvic pain maybe experienced in the genitals, rectum/anus, lower back, abdomen and groin. It can sometimes cause painful urination, urinary frequency or urgency, painful or premature ejaculation, difficulty emptying the bowels. It can be caused by overactivity in the pelvic floor muscles. The goal of seeing a specialized pelvic health physiotherapist is to help you manage and resolve your symptoms using a combination of treatment options. This includes relaxation, stretching, exercise, down-training the pelvic floor muscles and manual therapy.