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Physical Therapy as a Treatment for Chronic Prostatitis

Receive a diagnosis of prostatitis for your pelvic pain or urinary dysfunction? Only 8-10% of cases of prostatitis are due to a bacterial infection. If antibiotics didn’t work in relieving symptoms, you may be in the category of ‘chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome’ (CPPS).  What are the symptoms of chronic prostatitis? Bladder symptoms: urgency, frequency,...

How To Decrease Pelvic Floor Muscle Tension

At our Boulder pelvic physical therapy clinic, we often see the cause of a pelvic floor dysfunction being tension, not weakness, of pelvic floor muscles. This applies not just to those that identify as female, but those identifying as males as well.  Muscles that are holding more tension than they should, cannot properly function. So...

6 Ways to Reduce Urge Related Urinary Incontinence By Berrin Boyce, PT, DPT, PRPC Urinary urge incontinence or leaking with a strong sense of urge is estimated to impact 20-30% of women. In clinical practice I frequently work with patients of all genders and ages who experience urge related incontinence that interferes with work, school,...

If you’ve ever experienced the sharp, nagging discomfort of tailbone pain, you know how it can overshadow even the simplest daily activities. From sitting at your desk at work to walking up and down the aisles at the grocery store, every movement can be a reminder of the pain. Thankfully, there are steps you can...

Tailbone pain (or coccydynia) is a common issue that can be a result of direct impact/traumatic injury to the tailbone during a fall, prolonged sitting, vaginal childbirth, or develop gradually without any specific cause (insidious/non-traumatic). Mechanical tailbone pain is most common while sitting, or while moving from sitting to standing. Some people will also describe...

Word choice and verbal instruction impacts how one performs a pelvic floor muscle contraction. Previous research on women suggests that around 40% of women do not perform a kegel or pelvic floor muscle contraction correctly with verbal instruction and 25% of them were doing something that would increase the likelihood of leaking such as holding...

A radical prostatectomy is a common treatment option for prostate cancer in which the prostate is surgically removed. It is well known that following catheter removal after surgery, many men will experience moderate to significant amounts of involuntary urinary loss following surgery that can last from weeks to years. Hunter et al. in 2004 wrote...