Using Ice Packs for Prostatitis Treatment
Why Are Ice Packs Used for Prostatitis?
Ice packs can help relieve pain associated with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). This alternative, medication-free treatment can be done at home simply by placing a small ice pack on the perineal area between the scrotum and anus. Ice helps reduce inflammation and pain.
In addition to using ice packs for prostatitis, some men get further relief from placing a small ice cube in the rectum. Other men alternate hot soaks with cold soaks to increase circulation and reduce inflammation. You may need to try a couple of different approaches to see what works best for you.
Other Alternative Treatments for Prostatitis
If you have not had much success with ice packs for prostatitis, keep in mind that many men get pain relief from using heat. Home therapies involving heat include placing hot-water bottles on the perineal area and taking sitz baths.
There are more involved heat treatments like water-induced thermotherapy and more invasive therapies (also called hyperthermia) that include transurethral microwave hyperthermia and transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT). These last two therapies also increase the temperature of the prostate to relieve symptoms, but they are more invasive and are considered a last resort treatment.
Whichever treatment route you take, keep in mind that there are many different natural and alternative treatments that can help treat CP/CPPS. It usually takes a multimodal and holistic approach to get full relief of symptoms.
A whole body approach to CP/CPPS is helpful because many chronic prostatitis causes stem from problems that take place outside of the prostate and elsewhere in the body. About 50% of CP/CPPS cases are due to tension in the pelvic floor muscles and can even stem from stress and emotional health problems, pelvic floor disorders, chronic tension disorders, and inflammation from other places in the body. Immune disorders and allergies (such as food intolerances) also play a role, and that is why a well-rounded holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment can help you to reduce inflammation and the cause of your pain.