Breaking the silence on men’s pelvic health: Muscle People

In the healthcare field, some topics remain clouded in silence and societal taboos.

Men’s pelvic health undoubtedly falls into this category, often overlooked, despite the profound impact such issues can have on quality of life when left unaddressed.

Muscle People Physiotherapy aims to help change that with their new men’s pelvic physiotherapy service. The pelvis houses vital organs like the bladder, prostate, and rectum. Concerns such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and post-surgical complications are common among men, yet stigmas make them frequently overlooked. These conditions can significantly affect well-being, so it’s crucial to address them promptly and effectively.

The service offers a specialised branch of physiotherapy addressing pelvic floor dysfunctions and associated conditions in men holistically, identifying and treating root causes rather than just managing symptoms. Central to this is understanding the pelvic floor muscles, for bladder and bowel control, sexual function, and supporting pelvic organs. Dysfunction or weakness in these muscles can manifest in a myriad of symptoms, ranging from urinary and faecal incontinence to sexual dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain.

Specialised services on offer
Men’s pelvic health physiotherapy begins with a comprehensive assessment to identify underlying issues and tailor treatment plans accordingly. This may involve evaluating pelvic muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, and assessing contributing factors such as posture and lifestyle habits.

Drawing upon evidence-based techniques, Muscle People’s pelvic health physiotherapists employ a variety of modalities to address pelvic floor dysfunctions. These may include pelvic floor exercises, manual therapy, biofeedback, and lifestyle modifications aimed at optimising pelvic health. Whatever treatments or interventions you choose, you will be an integral part of the decision process.

Men’s pelvic health physiotherapy empowers patients by educating them about their condition and equipping them with self-management strategies. By fostering active participation in their treatment journey, patients can regain a sense of control over their pelvic health and overall wellbeing.

Recognising that pelvic health is interconnected with various aspects of physical, emotional, and social wellbeing, men’s pelvic health physiotherapy takes an holistic approach. Therapists work collaboratively with patients to address not only physical symptoms but also psychological and lifestyle factors that may impact pelvic health.

For men undergoing pelvic surgery, such as a prostatectomy, the Muscle People pelvic health physiotherapy service plays a vital role in pre-operative preparation and post-operative rehabilitation. By optimising pelvic muscle function before surgery and facilitating recovery after, it can minimise complications and improve outcomes.

The team is passionate about raising awareness and normalising conversations about pelvic health so that men can feel comfortable seeking help to access the care they need.

Take the first step towards better health and visit one of the Muscle People locations in Bishopdale, Wigram Skies, or the Christchurch City physiotherapy clinic on Cashel Street. Call 03 9610 236 or book online.

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