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...
Sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve and it's branches. Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg.
Sciatica is a symptom not a disorder. The pain associated with sciatica signals another problem involving the nerve, the most common being a herniated disc. Another common cause of sciatica is called periformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle extends from the side of the sacrum to the top of the thighbones at the hip joint and passes over the sciatic nerve. When a tight or short piriformis muscle is stretched it can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve. This can happen to athletes who overuse and stretch the piriformis. Other causes of piriformis syndrome are habitually standing with toes turned out, over use without proper warm up, prolonged sitting and obesity. It can also be caused by an injury or in many cases it develops from general wear and tear on ...
Thank goodness we all have a built in floor, the pelvic floor. Otherwise, our bladders and rectums would be dragging around on the ground in a gruesome fashion. Like our built in abdominal walls , some floors are built stronger than others. A weak floor tends to sag. A strong floor holds up a full bladder or a 9 pound baby. How strong is your floor?
The strength of the pelvic floor is related to two primary muscles that compose a structure called the Levator Ani . The thickest muscle lies in the middle of the floor and the urethra, vagina, and rectum pass through it. This important floor muscle is called the pubococcygeus muscle . The smaller muscle which lies in the outer reaches of the pelvic floor is called the iliococeygeus muscle. Without these muscles, neither the bladder nor the rectum would remain inside the abdominal cavity for very long. And weakness of these muscles is associated with many common medical conditions.
An unfortunately common condition caused ...
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