Neuromuscular Tension and Prostatitis Pain
Neuromuscular tension is emotional, physical, or mental stress that affects the nerves and muscles. Some experts believe chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is caused by men who continuously or frequently tense their pelvic floor muscles. Over time, the accumulation of tension in the pelvic muscles can result in chronic pain.
Neuromuscular tension that can lead to chronic prostatitis is sometimes referred to as a “headache in the pelvis.” Just like men who hold tension in their neck and shoulders can get chronic headaches, men who tense their pelvic muscles can get chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Men who tense their pelvic muscles usually are not aware they are doing so. However, after years of holding in stress, chronic prostatitis may occur.
Chronic tension disorders and pelvic floor disorders, which are related to neuromuscular tension, are said to make up about half of the chronic prostatitis cases. When diagnosing prostatitis, a doctor may sometimes feel the tight or hard muscles on either side of the prostate during a digital rectal exam.
Experts who believe neuromuscular tension is one of the chronic prostatitis causes also point out that traditional treatments do not work. Instead, experts note that men need to take steps to relieve the cause of the stress to directly treat the built-up tension in the pelvic muscles and to take steps to help with stress and emotional health.
One of the alternative prostatitis treatments that has been found to be effective is trigger point release therapy. The success of this treatment approach in relieving chronic prostatitis is a main reason why neuromuscular tension is believed to be a cause of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, at least in some men. Prostate massage is also a technique some men find helpful. Another step that men with chronic prostatitis can take is to learn relaxation techniques that will relieve the tension in the pelvic muscles. That might include stress management techniques such as meditation for prostatitis, yoga for prostatitis, and tai chi for prostatitis. A combination of these chronic prostatitis treatment approaches can be effective in relieving chronic prostatitis caused by neuromuscular tension. Many of these therapies are part of holistic programs like The Renew XY Health Program for Men and NPAT. One exercise all men with neuromuscular tension should avoid is Kegel exercises, which can increase tension in the pelvic muscles and make your condition worse.