Men can have pelvic floor therapy too
Male pelvic floor therapy is very similar to female pelvic floor therapy. It starts with a discussion and asking lots of questions.
After that, the physiotherapist may assess your pelvic floor. This can include a vaginal or ano-rectal assessment in women (or both). In men, it may include an ano-rectal assessment, usually with the physiotherapist using one gloved finger.
Sometimes, they may suggest using a machine, such as a biofeedback machine that can record your pelvic floor movements, and this will involve inserting a small probe. It all depends on the symptoms and on the individual – you have full control over what assessment takes place.
Treatment is variable, again depending on your symptoms, diagnosis and preferences. It often includes pelvic floor exercises and relaxation techniques. You will be given advice and information about how to manage your symptoms. You may be given more general exercises, acupuncture, stretches, manual therapy, or the application of modalities such as electrical stimulation.
Your physiotherapist will explain what they find and what they think is most likely to support your treatment journey.
Male pelvic floor therapy is usually carried out by a pelvic health physiotherapist, and you can find one close to you in the Squeezy directory.