"Prevention is better than cure." – Desiderius Erasmus
Men have pelvic floors, too.
These muscles attach from the pubic bone to the tailbone and from between the sit bones. They function as a sphincteric role to prevent incontinence, sexual role to help with erections and orgasms, core stabilizer with the abdominals and back muscles, sump pump action to help the lymphatic system and blood flow, supportive role to support the pelvic organs.
For more information, please visit our Pelvic Health page regarding assessment and treatment.
As pelvic health physiotherapists, we can treat the following in men:
- Urinary/fecal incontinence
- Urinary frequency and/or urgency
- Pre- prostatectomy surgery
- Post prostatectomy pain or incontinence
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pelvic pain
- Scar tissue management in pubic area post-surgery
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer is:
- Most common cancer among men
- Third leading cause of death from cancer
- 21,300 men are diagnosed (21% of all new cancers in men)
- 58 Canadian men diagnosed each day
- Post pelvic cancer treatment
What does the research say?
Research shows that having an assessment with a pelvic physiotherapist before your surgery can help with making sure you know how to activate those pelvic floor muscles independently and with your other core muscles functionally. We can address any other musculoskeletal issues such as pelvic mobility, lower back function, posture and positioning.
Scholarly research, Sacco E et al., states, “The adoption of an early periprostatectomy supervised pelvic floor muscle training is effective in improving the recovery of continence, even using a less intensive but more affordable program requiring only a monthly supervised session.”
Research has supported pelvic health physiotherapy for men after prostatectomy surgery. Although there is no gold standard protocol for treatment, pelvic floor physiotherapy can be helpful with addressing dysfunctions of the pelvic floor.
The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.
– Harry J. Johnson