Men’s Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

An Introduction to Men’s Health Physiotherapy

Men’s health physiotherapy is a specialized field that focuses on improving and maintaining the well-being of men by addressing issues related to the pelvic region. It aims to enhance function, alleviate discomfort, and promote overall health in men of all ages.

Conditions and Issues Men’s Health Physiotherapists Can Help With

Men’s health physiotherapists are trained to address various conditions and issues, including:

  • Urinary Incontinence: After prostate surgery or due to other factors, some men experience leakage of urine. Men’s health physiotherapy can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which play a crucial role in bladder control.
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can contribute to erectile difficulties. Physiotherapy techniques can improve blood flow, enhance muscle tone, and support sexual function.
    Chronic Pelvic Pain: Conditions like pudendal neuralgia can cause persistent pelvic pain. Physiotherapy aims to reduce pain, improve muscle function, and enhance quality of life.
  • Bowel Dysfunction: Men’s health physiotherapists assist with issues related to bowel movements, such as constipation or fecal incontinence.
  • Peyronie’s Disease: This condition involves curvature of the penis due to scar tissue. Physiotherapy can help manage symptoms and improve penile function.
    Understanding the Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and connective tissues that form a supportive hammock-like structure at the base of the pelvis. It plays a vital role in bladder and bowel control, sexual function, and stability of the spine and pelvis.

Physiotherapy and Prostate Surgery Recovery

After prostate surgery, men may experience urinary incontinence. Physiotherapy can aid in recovery by:

  • Strengthening the Pelvic Floor: Targeted exercises help men regain control over their bladder function.
  • Biofeedback: Physiotherapists use biofeedback techniques to teach men how to engage and relax their pelvic floor muscles effectively.
  • Education: Men learn strategies to manage incontinence during daily activities.
  • Pelvic Floor Exercises for Men

Pelvic floor exercises (often called Kegel exercises) are essential for maintaining pelvic health. Here’s how they help:

Strengthening: Regular exercises enhance pelvic floor muscle strength, supporting bladder and bowel control.
Coordination: Learning to contract and relax these muscles correctly improves overall function.
Preventing Weakness: Strong pelvic floor muscles prevent issues like incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Signs of a Weak Pelvic Floor

If you suspect a weak pelvic floor, look out for these signs:

Leakage: Unintentional urine leakage during activities like coughing, sneezing, or lifting.
Difficulty Controlling Bowels: Frequent accidents or difficulty holding in gas or stool.
Sexual Dysfunction: Problems with erections or reduced sexual satisfaction.
What to expect in your first session

During your initial session, expect:

  • Assessment: The physiotherapist will evaluate your pelvic floor function, discuss your concerns, and create a personalized plan.
  • Education: You’ll learn about pelvic floor anatomy, exercises, and lifestyle modifications.
  • Understanding and Encouragement: Our team has seen it all  is here to support you throughout your journey.

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength. Men’s health physiotherapy empowers you to take charge of your well-being.If you have any questions or want to book an appointment feel free to call us on 0383199945.

 Meet Paul

Paul is a passionate physiotherapist with over 7 years of specialized experience in musculoskeletal practice. Paul has been the lead physiotherapist for rugby teams in Auckland, and has honed his skills in sports injury management, working closely with recreational and elite athletes alike. Paul’s expertise extends to assessing and treating various musculoskeletal impairments.

Beyond his clinical practice, Paul is deeply passionate about men’s health. His commitment to ongoing learning drives him to stay at the forefront of this field. He has undergone specialized training from renowned therapists, ensuring that his patients receive the highest quality care.

Paul’s treatment philosophy is multifaceted and holistic. He collaborates closely with his patients, empowering them to achieve successful outcomes. Guided by the belief in “the science of healing and the art of caring,” Paul tailors individualized treatment plans to address both physical and emotional well-being.

Outside of work, Paul cherishes family time with his two young children, Zachary and Isabella. An avid outdoors enthusiast, he can often be found chasing after his toddlers at the beach.