Recover Faster After A Prostatectomy with Physical Therapy Rehabilitation
Did You Know that Rehabilitation After a Surgical Procedure Could Greatly Improve Your Recovery Outcomes?
Pelvic health is important, but it is something that is not nearly discussed enough. A trained physical therapist in pelvic floor rehabilitation can help with a wide range of issues in both men and women, including recovery after a prostatectomy.
After a surgical procedure to remove the prostate, men may experience incontinence as well as erectile dysfunction. Physical therapy can help to address these issues.
In fact, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health,
“[Pelvic floor muscle training] is an effective treatment for urinary incontinence in men after radical prostatectomy. PFMT improves not only physical parameters but also the quality of life of men after [radical prostatectomy].”
For more information on pelvic health and how we can help you after a prostatectomy, contact Fitness Matters today!
What is pelvic floor rehabilitation?
Pelvic floor rehabilitation aims to improve the function and overall health of the pelvic region.
Treatment is specific to the needs of each patient, and starts with an evaluation. All sessions are one-on-one, and conducted by physical therapist specially trained in pelvic health. .
Treatments may include:
+ pressure management techniques
+ scar mobilization
+ postural changes
+ behavioral modifications
+ bladder training
+ core training
+ exercises for full body function
+ patient education
What can I expect from my treatments?
This specific form of physical therapy works on strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the pelvic floor.
When muscles in the pelvic area become tight or weak, especially following surgery, your daily life can be greatly affected, as this region helps in supporting the core of your body and is an integral part of everyday movement.
One of our dedicated physical therapists will evaluate your medical history and provide a musculoskeletal examination to determine what specific type of treatment you’ll need. This may include proactive and/or preventative treatments.
Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:
- Postural exercises. These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that affect posture. These exercises are typically done with large therapy or medicine balls.
- Myofascial exercises. These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.
- Diaphragmatic breathing. Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps in relaxing muscles in the pelvic area. When the muscles are relaxed, they will drop and lengthen, providing pain relief and allowing for regained function.
- Relaxation techniques. Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax.
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