STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT.
PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES.
Kegels are just one of the many exercises that can be performed by men, too. When done correctly, they can assist in providing support to the bladder to prevent urinary incontinence, which affects 1 in 9 men in Canada.
These muscles attach from the pubic bone to the tailbone and from between the sit bones. They function as a sphincter to prevent urinary incontinence; sexual role to help with erections and orgasms; core stabilizer with the abdominals and back muscles; to help the lymphatic system; and 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
- Post pelvic cancer treatment
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer is:
- Most common cancer among men
- Third leading cause of death from cancer
- 21% of all new cancers in men (21,300 men diagnosed)
- Diagnosed in 58 Canadian men each day
“To live an extraordinary life, you must resist an ordinary approach.” – Frank McKinney
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.
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.