MEN 4 MEN has been designed by a specially trained male physiotherapist with many years’ experience in neuro-muscular physiotherapy. This experience has led to development of a program for male pelvic floor rehabilitation after prostate cancer or surgery (prostatectomy).
It has been identified that better postural muscle control enhances pelvic floor function and vice versa.
The male physiotherapists and exercise physiologists at East Gosford Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre are able to offer a Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Plan to help you recover from the effects of treatment or surgery.
The comprehensive prostate cancer rehabilitation program at East Gosford Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre includes the following:
1.Pre-operative physiotherapy pelvic floor exercise advice and education prior to radical prostatectomy. It is beneficial to get the exercise program in place before the stress and trauma of surgery. It includes use of Real Time Ultrasound so you can see the muscles working correctly.
2.Post-operative pelvic floor rehabilitation and bladder control training, which speeds up the recovery from radical prostatectomy and restores continence and bladder control as quickly as possible (based on Craig Allingham Prostate Recovery Plan). It includes dealing with postural and core muscle issues to make pelvic floor rehabilitation more efficient (Allingham C, Prostate Recovery MAP, Redsok Publishing 2013).
The post-operative radical prostatectomy program involves an initial assessment by a specially trained male physiotherapist to deal with persisting incontinence (loss of bladder control). He will assess you with diagnostic Real Time Ultrasound and provide you with instruction and a specific training program to restore the muscle control in your pelvic floor to control leakage.
Once this control has been achieved, you will commence exercises with a specially trained male exercise physiologist to help you increase your exercise load and general fitness. He will help you “get back into life”.
This is simple muscle training and once you know what muscles to use, a home exercise program will help you develop the strength and endurance you need to “keep dry”.