Chronic Tension Disorder and Prostatitis
Chronic tension disorder is one of the causes of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Related to other tension causes such as neuromuscular tension, pelvic floor disorder, and stress and emotional health, these tension disorders make up about half of the men suffering from CP/CPPS.
Men who have prostatitis that is caused by chronic tension disorder do not have signs of infection. Instead they have chronic irritation of the muscles and nerves in the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is made up of muscles that support the pelvic organs kind of like a hammock. Some men unknowingly squeeze their pelvic muscles as a way of holding tension, frustration, or anger. This chronic squeezing becomes a habit and leads to chronic inflammation and trigger points, or knots of contracted muscle fiber, in the pelvic floor.
Besides pain, symptoms can extend to problems with urination, ejaculation, and bowel movements. Patients with chronic prostatitis from chronic tension disorder often feel as if they have a golf ball in the rectum.
Alternative prostatitis treatments that could be beneficial for chronic tension disorder include trigger point release therapy, prostate massage, reflexology, and acupuncture. The Renew XY Health Program for Men is one physiotherapy program that helps men with chronic tension disorders. The NPAT protocol is a holistic approach to CP/CPPS that was developed by a naturopathic urologist. NPAT involves natural treatments, phytotherapy, alternative treatments, and total body.
Cognitive behavioral therapy and stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, and tai chi can help you relax and let go of tension. Some patients may benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation for prostatitis.
Natural prostatitis treatments with supplements and phytotherapy can help patients with chronic pelvic pain syndrome symptoms. Other supportive care therapies such as sitz baths, heat therapy, and cushions or pillows for prostatitis can also help relieve symptoms of discomfort. Most patients will use a combination of therapies, including dietary changes, to get relief from their prostatitis symptoms.
If you have a chronic tension disorder it is very important that you do NOT do Kegel exercises. Kegels create tension in the pelvic floor, and you already have too much tension. It can make your problems worse rather than better.