Long thought to be a woman’s exercise kegels are now thought of as the elixir that men have been looking for. As stated in a recent NY times article kegels are proving to be better than Viagra and with no side effects but with all the benefit. Male kegels can be used to prevent erectile dysfunction, male urinary problems , premature ejaculation and overactive bladder.
It is important to note that although men and women have different body parts the pelvic floor muscle behave in the same manner and have similar muscular function. For male and females the pelvic floor muscle serves too:
1. Enhance sexual experience
2. Support internal organs- prostate lives in the pelvic floor muscles
3. Help control bladder and anal function
4. Stabilize the low back, sacroiliac joint and hips.
Kegels have also gained popularity among surgeons who treat prostate cancer and perform surgical removal of the prostate gland. It is a well known fact that men who do a pelvic floor training program before and after prostatectomy surgery have better outcomes and suffer less from prostatectomy incontinence.
Ending Male Pelvic Pain, by Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS, is a great new resource for men suffering from issues relating to pelvic pain. The book contains a fantastic section that clearly explains all of the ins and outs about kegels, which are so often done incorrectly. There are many different types of kegels and you need to be doing the right sequence for your particular needs, or you may find your symptoms actually get worse. For more information about Ending Male Pelvic Pain, A Man’s Manual, click here.
At Renew Physical Therapy we treat male patients in our XY Health ProgramTM and we do kegels right. We are not just talking about squeezing your privates we teach our male patients many different types of kegels. Off the top of my head I can said that we go deep into kegel land by teaching our male patients over 10 different ways to do kegels. We have years of experience in treating men and have discovered one type of kegel does not work for all men. It is important to work with a therapist whose specializes not only in pelvic floor therapy but also male physical therapy.
Come see us today for an evaluation. We can help you overcome pelvic floor muscle related problems by teaching you the RIGHT way to do a kegel.
Here is a link to the recent NYT article on male kegels – Pelvic Exercises for Men, Too
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