Usually when thinking about kegels and the pelvic floor, people assume it only pertains to women. This is an unfortunate misconception because men could stand to benefit immensely from working to strengthen their pelvic floor.
Symptoms of pelvic floor issues in men can manifest in different forms, often being mistaken for more serious issues that can lead to doctors prescribing harmful drugs and antibiotics, or in more extreme cases, surgery.
Issues with the pelvic floor can lead to multiple health problems related to urinary, bowel and sexual functions. Some of them include:
- Sexual dysfunction (erectile dysfunction premature or painful ejaculation)
- Painful, frequent and involuntary urination due to urinary incontinence
- Constipation or pain from bowel movements
The problem arises when doctors and healthcare providers don’t even factor in the possibility of a weak pelvic floor. However, seeing a pelvic health specialist can be very beneficial. At Sports and Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI) we have a pelvic health program which includes pelvic floor physiotherapy in Toronto.
The many benefits of pelvic floor physiotherapy for men include:
Learning about their bodies
This is a very important outcome of starting physical therapy. Although seemingly meaningless, we can all agree that sexual and reproductive health are generally taboo and we don’t know enough about our bodies, which makes it difficult to have honest and meaningful conversations about the problems they might be facing. When going in for a consultation, the physical therapist will ask in depth and personal questions that open up a frank discussion and evaluation.
Alleviation of symptoms.
Working with a physiotherapist and regularly performing exercises such as kegels and bridges on their own can vastly improve the symptoms they’re suffering from. It’s a slow process, typically spanning over a few weeks, but it’s very helpful.
This is an obvious outcome of seeking therapy, but it’s not as simple as that. When their pelvic health improves, men are better able to regulate their urinary and bowel functions as well as their sexual functions. With their sense of control returning, their self-esteem and mental health will also improve, allowing for an overall improvement in their quality of life.
Like any illness or condition, seeking treatment for pelvic floor health is also normal. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, despite the conditioning we receive and the odd culture of suffering in silence. Everyone, be it men or women, deserves to feel in charge of their bodies and live life to the fullest. This is why we at SEMI provide a holistic approach to healthcare. Contact us to schedule a consultation and start the journey to a healthier, happier you.