MEN'S PELVIC HEALTH

Many people are aware that women can benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy, but very few know that men can experience pelvic health dysfunction as well. Their symptoms may mirror those experienced by women, including bladder and bowel problems, but some are specific to men only. Several symptoms are related to overworked or too tight pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic health physiotherapists who are specially trained in treating male pelvic health work to optimize the strength and mobility of the pelvic floor muscles, in addition to addressing posture and global strength.  

Urinary (bladder) symptoms: 

  • Urinary urgency, frequency and hesitancy
  • Urinary retention
  • Decreased force of urinary stream
  • Pain/straining with urination
  • Urinary incontinence (leakage), especially after prostatectomy

Bowel symptoms: 

  • Constipation
  • Pain/straining with bowel movements

Sexual health symptoms: 

  • Pain with intercourse/ejaculation
  • Erectile dysfunction

Pelvic pain: 

  • Penile, scrotal, perineal or anal pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain (tailbone, sacroiliac joint or pubic symphysis pain)
  • Pain that interferes with sitting and exercise
  • Pain that radiates to the abdomen, buttocks and/or thighs