Pelvic Physical Therapy for Men, Women, and Transgender
What is pelvic physical therapy?
This is a highly specialized part of physical therapy specifically for the pelvic region, external as well as internal. This region is often overlooked and takes special skills to assess the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia of the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor physical therapists treat issues ranging from incontinence, frequent urination, overactive bladder, constipation, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction. The causes can be just as varied as the symptoms and can be caused by abdominal surgery or something as simple as a person’s posture.
Men’s Pelvic Health
Men are 28 years behind women when getting their pelvic needs met. June Alison was the spokes person for Depends back in 1984 with Depends for Men arriving on the market in 2012. Now there are alternatives for men besides pads, pills, injections or surgery, it is called physical therapy. Men have been suffering in silence for many years for various reasons. One of those reasons is the lack of therapists who treat men with sexual dysfunctions including Peyronie’s disease, testicular pain, penile pain, painful erections, as well as incontinence after prostatectomy.
How did I get involved in men’s pelvic health?
I am one of you. I am one of the many men who have a pelvic floor dysfunction that I ignored for many years until I finally saw my doctor. We tried conservative measures but they failed and I was off to see the urologist who discovered I was retaining 2.1 liters of urine and diagnosed me with a neurogenic bladder. Needless to say, I will never complain about the dentist’s “goodie bad” ever again! The urology “goodie bad” introduced me to a line of urological products for later discussion. The testing soon began with urodynamic studies, cystoscopies, MRI, etc… My urologists encouraged me to pelvic physical therapy therefore I started working with Herman and Wallace to get the training I needed to treat men and women with a variety of pelvic floor dysfunctions. My mission is to bring men out of the pelvic closet!
What can physical therapy do for you?
LOTS!! Physical therapists are the guru’s of mobilizing the joints and soft tissues of the body thereby getting the bones aligned properly, calming down and releasing tight muscles as well as strengthening the muscles that need it we can restore normal function without pain