Men's Pelvic Health

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Do you have anal, penile or testicular pain?
Do you have pelvic or low abdominal pain, bladder irritation or pressure?
Does pain make it hard for you to sit for long periods?

Chronic pelvic pain is a hidden problem. It can't be seen, it’s hard to diagnose and often men suffer for many years before finding help. Chronic pelvic pain in men is more common than you think and is very distressing, both physically and emotionally.

If you have difficulty relaxing your pelvic floor muscles they can become chronically tense and overactive. Tense, tight pelvic floor muscles are painful and can lead to ongoing pelvic, sexual and bladder pain. It’s like having a headache in the pelvis.

You may have been diagnosed with chronic prostatitis or painful bladder syndrome. In most of these cases the pelvic floor muscles are tight and painful.

Common Symptoms:

    Pain  when you are sitting
    Pain in the anus, testes or penis
    Pain with erection, ejaculation or orgasm
    Involuntary pelvic floor spasm  
    Pain when you have a full bladder

Possible Causes Of Chronic Pelvic Pain:

    Tense tight pelvic floor muscles
    Irritation, injury or compression of a nerve
    Infection of the prostate or bladder
    Injury or trauma to the area
    Genetic factors
    Psychological factors such as mood, relationship issues or past abuse
    Lifestyle factors such as high stress and little time for relaxation
    Overuse of core muscles

How We Can Help:

Our experienced Physiotherapists understand this complex problem and will work with you to improve this important aspect of your life. At Women's & Men's Health Physiotherapy we know how to help you understand and reduce your pelvic muscle tension and pain to improve your quality of life. We work closely with your referring doctor and other health professionals to achieve these goals.

What To Expect:

    A thorough assessment to establish your goals, pelvic floor requirements and treatment plan
    Design of a personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program to relax and release your overactive pelvic floor muscles
    Manual therapy techniques to relieve the pelvic floor muscle pain
    Support to understand the relationship between your pain and emotional and physical health
    Education regarding chronic pain and the role of the brain including practical lifestyle advice

To Learn More:

Our director, Shan Morrison presented to the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia Health Practitioner Training Seminar in 2018 about Male Pelvic Pain.  In the presentation, she talked about the diagnosis and management of pelvic pain and the challenges men face with this condition.  The presentation is available to watch here.

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What Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

The pelvic floor muscles are at the base of the pelvis and attach from the pubic bone at the front to the tail bone at the back. They are like a hammock and support the bladder, uterus and bowel. They also help control the bladder and bowel and play a role in sexual function.

If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, they can contribute to poor bladder and bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. If you are unable to relax your pelvic floor you may have problems with bladder and bowel emptying or sexual and pelvic pain.

Our specifically trained Physiotherapists will evaluate the function of your pelvic floor muscles and assess your ability to contract and relax these muscles. Pelvic floor muscle training under the guidance of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is recognised as an effective treatment for these problems.

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Real Time Ultrasound – A Useful Tool

We’re up to date with the latest technology which includes Real Time Ultrasound. 
This is an imaging technology that shows contraction and relaxation of deep muscles in real time and allows us to give you a more accurate assessment if required.


Uses Of Real Time Ultrasound

•  Your Physiotherapist may make use of ultrasound as part of your pelvic floor and abdominal assessment to ensure you’re activating and relaxing your muscles correctly

•  It may be used as a teaching tool to provide you with immediate visual feedback to improve learning and performance

•  Real Time Ultrasound can be used as a bladder scanner to assess bladder emptying



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