Men’s pelvic health physical therapy (PT) is a specialized area of physical therapy that addresses musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and functional issues related to the male pelvic region. It involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various conditions that can affect men, such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Pelvic health physical therapy is an important part of men’s health. If you want to learn more about how this specialized area of physical therapy can help you today, Bethesda Physiocare is here to help. Contact us online or call (301) 656-5613 today.
Why Pelvic Physical Therapy is Important
Pelvic floor muscles play a crucial role in men’s pelvic health. They support the organs within the pelvic region, control bladder, and bowel function, and contribute to sexual function. Men’s pelvic health physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat dysfunctions of these muscles, as well as other contributing factors that may be causing symptoms.
During a men’s pelvic health PT session, a physical therapist will typically perform a comprehensive assessment that may involve a detailed history intake, physical examination, and assessment of posture, movement patterns, muscle strength, and flexibility. Based on the findings, the physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that may include a combination of the following:
- Pelvic floor exercises: These exercises aim to improve strength, coordination, and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. They may involve exercises like Kegels or reverse Kegels, depending on the specific condition and the individual’s needs.
- Manual therapy: The physical therapist may use hands-on techniques to release tight or overactive muscles, improve joint mobility, and reduce pain or discomfort in the pelvic region.
- Therapeutic exercises: Specific exercises may be prescribed to address muscle imbalances, improve core stability, and enhance overall pelvic function.
- Education and lifestyle modifications: Men’s pelvic health physical therapists provide education on bladder and bowel habits, posture, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications that can contribute to improved pelvic health.
- Behavioral techniques: Techniques such as bladder training, urge suppression strategies, and lifestyle modifications may be recommended to address urinary incontinence or other related issues.
- Pain management techniques: If pelvic pain is present, physical therapists may use modalities like heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or other pain-relieving techniques to help manage symptoms.
It’s important to note that men’s pelvic health physical therapy should be conducted by licensed physical therapists who have specialized training and experience in this field. If you’re experiencing symptoms related to men’s pelvic health, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional who can guide you in finding an appropriate physical therapist for evaluation and treatment. Contact us online or call (301) 656-5613 today.