Curezone Physiotherapy, Mississauga collaborates with a team of providers such as Pelvic Physiotherapist and Massage therapist providing treatments in various Pelvic health conditions including Prostatitis or Prostatodynia
Prostatodynia or Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is a pelvic pain condition in men. Prostatitis Literally means ‘inflammation of the prostate’. There are two basic types of prostatitis, acute and chronic.
Acute bacterial Prostatitis is an infection of the prostate and include chills and fever and needs your doctor attention.
The other is nonbacterial or chronic prostatitis which can be treated with alternative treatments such as Pelvic physiotherapy, exercises, lifestyle modifications etc. Investigations for bacteria and yeast are negative. Physical examination does not usually show anything unusual, although the prostate may be swollen. What can make the problem even more confusing is that often young, otherwise healthy men develop this condition. Antibiotics, pain-killers, and medications prescribed are often not effective. Many men have been told that they must learn to live with the symptoms because a cure is not available.
Symptoms may include a few or all the following:
Pain in the testicles, or tip, shaft or base of the penis
Pain at the perineum (the area between the testicles and penis)
Pain on urination
Increased pain in sitting
Pain or discomfort with sexual arousal, or during or after ejaculation
Pain or discomfort above the pubic bone
Pain before, during or after a bowel movement
Decreased interest in sex
Physiotherapy Treatment at Curezone Physiotherapy Clinic, Mississauga
The therapist will work with a patient to create an individualized treatment program based on the patient’s pelvic floor dysfunction, symptoms, and how they respond to the treatments. The following treatment programs and techniques may involve in pelvic physiotherapy for prostatitis:
Trigger point release therapy, also known as myofascial trigger point release, is an alternative treatment for chronic prostatitis. It is often helpful for treating CP/CPPS symptoms that are associated with stress and tension of the pelvic floor muscles. Trigger point release therapy is often combined with paradoxical relaxation therapy. This exercise method involves autonomic self-regulation to decrease pelvic floor muscle tension and teach the patient how to release his tension. Paradoxical relaxation involves a specific breathing technique to help relieve anxiety.
Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle) changes can help in relieving pain. It is important to know which foods can exacerbate symptoms and avoid those foods. The most common foods that have been found to trigger prostatitis symptoms include:
Mindfulness: There is a lot of different ways to integrate mindfulness into our lives. Essentially the first step is bringing your awareness to your being and body, we usually start with breath. We haven’t gone into too much detail with this yet, but if this is an area you’d like to explore let me know.
Sustained cardiovascular exercises: This does not have to be at a gym. The research shows that 30minutes of sustained cardiovascular (walking, biking, stair climbing) activity can decrease stress hormones. It needs to be at a level of perceived exertion of 5-7/10 (winded but can still carry on a conversation).
Restorative and novel movement patterns: This is a movement strategy I think may be helpful for reducing your muscle tone.