Pelvic dysfunction physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of problems involving the pelvic region of the body by a physiotherapist who has specialized training in pelvic conditions.

Prostatitis [Alive, June 2011, Pg. 23]

The tiny prostate gland, which produces part of the seminal fluid that provides nutrients to sperm, can create some mighty big problems for men. Prostatitis, for example, is an inflammation of the prostate that can cause pelvic pain and make urination difficult. Chronic Prostatitis affects about 11% of Canadian men under 50 years of age.

Although it’s a complex problem, research from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association shows that physiotherapy can relieve the symptoms of chronic prostatitis by correcting muscle imbalances through the stretching and strengthening of the muscles in the hips, abdomen and pelvic floor.

“Even a healthy male who hasn’t had prostate cancer or surgery can develop pain in and around the genitals, rectum, pelvis, groin, abdome, hips, thighs or buttocks,” explains Nancy Dowker, a registered physiotherapist at Pelvic Support Physiotherapy in Ottawa. “With a condition like prostatitis, the pelvic floor muscles often go into a protective muscle spasm. Holding those muscles tight creates tension that can cause problems in the pelvic core.”

Physiotherapy, she says, can help to relieve chronic pelvic pain caused by prostatitis by teaching men to let their muscles relax. While not all physiotherapists treat pelvic pain, those who do have special training and can offer a personalized treatment plan to help relieve symptoms. They may also be able to explain how to manage pain better through relaxation and breathing strategies.