Prostate Massage for Prostatitis
What Is Prostate Massage for Prostatitis?
Prostate massage is an alternative treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Besides treating prostatitis, prostate massage is also used to treat an enlarged prostate and can be used to improve sexual health.
Prostate massage can be helpful for symptoms of CP/CPPS because it enhances blood flow, improves urinary flow, and helps maintain the integrity of the prostate tissue. Improved blood flow delivers oxygen, essential nutrients, and white blood cells, which help fight infection. It can be performed by the patient, a partner, or a physician and can be done internally or externally.
Also called “prostate milking,” prostate massage stimulates the release of prostatic fluid. This opens up channels in the prostate and reduces inflammation, which is a major contributor to CP/CPPS. Prostate massage is helpful for men with pelvic floor muscle disorders, which is estimated to affect about half of the men with CP/CPPS, because it improves muscle tone.
How Does Prostate Massage for Prostatitis Work?
There are several ways to perform daily prostate massage. You should consult your doctor before trying prostate massage for prostatitis to make sure it is safe for you.
Prostate massage for prostatitis may be performed by:
- Inserting a gloved and lubricated finger into the anus;
- Using an internal prostate massager;
- Applying finger pressure to the perineum; or
- Using an external prostate massage device.
If you choose to use a finger internally, it can be done by you, your partner, or your doctor. Using a glove and lubricant, insert the finger anally and press it against the prostate, which feels like a small, round ball. Be very careful when probing for the prostate. Massage different areas of the gland by applying light pressure and releasing it. If you apply pressure to the center of the prostate, it should release prostatic fluid that will appear at the tip of the penis. Depending on the state of your prostate, prostate massage can range from causing some discomfort to being pleasurable.
Internal prostate massagers can also be lubricated and inserted into the anus to massage the prostate. External massagers apply pressure to the perineum, which is the area between the scrotum and the anus.
If you use your finger externally, you apply pressure to the perineum. Apply gentle pressure to the entire length of the perineum.
Depending on the state of your prostate, prostate massage can range from sore to pleasurable.
How to Find Prostate Massage Devices
If you are looking to acquire a prostate massage device, look for products that are designed for this purpose. Do not buy sex toys that may have been repacked as massagers. Read the product description carefully and research the company that makes it before you purchase. Look for products that come with a money-back guarantee and can repair the product if broken. Talk to you doctor about what type of device is best for you before you buy.
Some internal prostate massagers provide vibration. It is important to use a product that is safe, because the prostate gland is very fragile. Look for products that produce sonic waves. Sonic waves can relax the prostate, stimulate muscles in the area, reduce inflammation, and encourage blood flow and fluid flow to the area.
External massagers work by stimulating a spot on the perineum. These small devices can be used while sitting.
Using prostate massage for prostatitis is a treatment that takes time. As is true with many alternative CP/CPPS treatments that treat the muscles around the prostate, you may not see any benefits of daily prostate massage for several weeks or months. You need to be patient with your progress.
Other treatments that work on muscles around the prostate may help with your CP/CPPS symptoms are the Wise-Anderson Protocol, myofascial trigger point release therapy, and the Renew XY Health Program for Men. Prostate massage is also part of other whole body treatment programs for CP/CPPS like the “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis.
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)
- Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle)
As NPAT demonstrates, prostate massage can be combined with other therapies as part of a holistic approach to treating prostatitis. As CP/CPPS may actually stem from areas in the body outside of the prostate, many men find success in using a multimodal approach to treating their prostatitis.
Also worth noting is that you should not perform a prostate massage in the few days before you get a PSA test. The massage could artificially and temporarily raise your PSA level, causing you unnecessary alarm.