Exercise for Prostatitis Health
How Can Exercise Treat Prostatitis?
There are types of exercise for prostatitis that are helpful for treating and preventing chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Men who are looking for natural and alternative treatments for their CP/CPPS find exercising for prostatitis to be a helpful, drug-free way to manage pain and other symptoms.
How Does Exercising for Prostatitis Work?
Exercise in general has a significant impact on prostate health. It not only helps prostatitis but also men with enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). Moderate and vigorous exercises has proven helpful for reducing risk of BPH and lower urinary tract symptoms. Even though BPH and prostatitis are different conditions, they can share some symptoms and both are positively affected by exercise.
A study published in 2007 in the Journal of Urology found that aerobic exercise reduced symptoms of CP/CPPS and improved the men’s scores on the National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH CPSI).
The study involved 213 men who were 20 to 50 years old. The men were randomly assigned 18 weeks of either aerobic exercise or stretching and motion exercises. At the end of the treatment, the men from the aerobic group had a greater improvement in their scores. The researchers concluded, “improvement in the aerobic exercise group were significantly superior compared to those in the placebo/stretching and motion exercises group.”
Aerobic exercise, also called cardiovascular exercise, helps fight inflammation, which is helpful for treating prostatitis. It includes activities such as fast walking, jogging, running, rowing, cycling, jumping rope, basketball, and using cardiovascular machines like stair climbing machines. You can also take group exercise aerobic classes at the gym.
Other exercises that are helpful for prostatitis include activities that help reduce stress and tension such as yoga and tai chi. Since stress can contribute to pelvic tension these exercises also work as part of stress management for prostatitis. About half of the cases of CP/CPPS are due to pelvic tension and pelvic floor muscle disorders. There are a number of therapies and treatment protocols that involve pelvic floor exercises. The Renew XY Health Program for Men involves several exercises for prostatitis. The “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis also includes exercise as part of its total body component. NPAT stands for:
- Natural treatments (ALCAT, elimination diets, and wheat-free diets);
- Phytotherapy (pollen and quercetin together with probiotics);
- Alternative treatments (acupuncture, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation and therapy); and
- Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle).
Holistic treatment programs like NPAT recognize that it usually takes many different types of approaches and therapies to successfully treat CP/CPPS.
What Should I Know About Exercise for Prostatitis?
Not all exercises are good for prostatitis. Men with CP/CPPS should avoid Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises increase pelvic tension and could make symptoms worse. Some men find that long periods of cycling can exacerbate their prostatitis symptoms. If you notice that cycling affects your prostatitis symptoms, you might consider changing your seat to a softer seat or one that puts less pressure on your prostate area. They make seats that are noseless, split, or have a soft central area that may be more comfortable and puts less pressure on your prostate area.
Remember that treating prostatitis takes time. If you adopt healthy habits like getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating well, you are going to see benefits for your prostate health and general health as well.