Men's Health

Many men will experience difficulties within the pelvis and below the belt over their lifetime. This might include incontinence, difficulty urinating, difficulty getting and maintaining erections, as well as pelvic pain.

The good news is that men’s health physiotherapy is able to assist and treat these conditions and many more. Treatment involves understanding the problem and how it is affecting you, diagnosing the primary issue and tailoring treatment techniques to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Physiotherapy also plays a vital role in the preparation and recovery from prostate cancer treatments. Physiotherapists are experts at helping you identify your pelvic floor muscles and prescribe exercise programs to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in preparation for prostate surgery. This has been shown to reduce the severity and length of incontinence post-prostatectomy.

Male pelvic pain is not commonly discussed amongst men even though it is estimated that 2%-16% of men will experience pelvic pain. This makes it the most common urological condition for men under 50 years of age. When infection and other causes have been ruled out, pelvic floor physiotherapy can reduce the pain and discomfort associated with male pelvic pain, helping you get back to what you enjoy doing.

Get in touch with us today to get on top of your symptoms and get to doing the things that you enjoy!

We recommend the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), Healthy Male and the Continence Foundation as helpful resources for men.


Frequently Asked Questions

In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing a physiotherapist. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

  • Workers Compensation Claims
  • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
  • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)
This will depend on the contributing factors and the type of incontinence (that's right, there is more than one type of incontinence). There is good evidence that pelvic floor exercises, along with diet and exercise modifications, can reduce incontinence. An assessment is required to understand the contributing factors and provide an appropriate treatment plan.
Ideally as soon as possible to allow the maximum time to prepare your body for your upcoming treatment plan. Whether the plan is surgery, radiation, hormones or active surveillance, exercise and pelvic floor exercises are vital synergists to treatment and are shown to reduce treatment side effects and improve quality of life.

Pelvic pain can be complex with a number of contributing factors. Individually addressing each contributing factor and providing an appropriate treatment plan is paramount to relieving pain and discomfort. Physiotherapy may assist through various techniques such as manual therapy, pelvic floor downtraining and relaxing, stretching and mindfulness activities.

Services used in this treatment plan include

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