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Some time ago there was a post entitled " Why Choose a Women's Health Physical Therapist? "
There were many reasons listed for this and I agreed with most or all of them.
However men with pelvic floor dysfunction (or in my case, pelvic/voiding pain), have difficulty finding a physical therapist (PT) that's even willing to try, much less have some success.
Many men suffer from Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPPS). It can come in various forms, and often times no cause can be found. It has been estimated that as many as 10 percent of men have experienced, or will experience, some form of CP/CPPS.
CP/CPPS is usually defined as chronic pain in the male pelvic region that has lasted at least three months. The pain is usually accompanied by difficulties with voiding and sexual activity, usually painful ejaculation ("e-pain"). There are three recognized classifications:
Type I: Acute bacterial prostatitis
Type II: Chronic bacterial prostatitis
Type III: Ch...
Exercise is pretty universally accepted as a good thing. You may love it, you may hate it, or you may fall somewhere in between, but no one argues that exercise is something we should do.
But could it be possible that certain types or amounts of physical activity are actually putting our bodies at risk for urinary incontinence or other pelvic floor disorders? Two recent studies presented by separate groups of researchers last month at the joint scientific meeting of The International Urogynecological Association and The American Urogynecologic Society would seem to suggest this is the case. (And before any of the exercise-haters take that as carte blanche to hang up the sneakers and yoga mats, let me sum up).
Extra precautions with regard to strenuous activity may be warranted in teen girls.
In this study, investigators surveyed middle-aged women about their overall lifetime physical activity to determine how this may be related to lifetime ...
"Well, I've never heard of that kind of physical therapy...."
Sigh…if I had a dollar for every time I heard some version of that statement, I could run a pretty mighty word-spreading media campaign. By "that kind", I mean physical therapy for the pelvic floor and the problems that occur in that region of the body. These problems are often collectively referred to as pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) and include (but are not limited to) urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, bowel problems (leakage and constipation), and sexual health concerns. Yes,physical therapy for your privates and their most private comings and goings.
The thing is, we've been doing this physical therapy (PT) for a few generations now, and getting better and better at it all the time. Such specialized PT, frequently referred to as Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PFPT), is now recognized as a mainline intervention for PFDs and its effectiveness is established in...
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