Stress Management for Treating Prostatitis
What Is Stress Management for Prostatitis?
Stress management can be a very important component of treating chronic prostatits/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Tension in the pelvic floor is the cause of pain for about half of the men with CP/CPPS. For many men, this pelvic floor tension may be triggered by anxiety or other psychological stressors. For other men, the stress of dealing with a long-term chronic condition makes them vulnerable to stress and anxiety.
According to Johns Hopkins, several studies have found that prostatitis is unusually common in men with a history of psychological conditions, especially anxiety disorders and panic disorder. Researchers in Taiwan compared the health records for men with CP/CPPS with records for randomly chosen men. The men who had struggled with CP/CPPS were twice as likely to have a previous diagnosis of an anxiety disorder. The results of this study show that men with CP/CPPS have higher rates of anxiety than men who do not have CP/CPPS.
One can argue that having a painful chronic condition that is difficult to treat like CP/CPPS can cause stress and anxiety, and that is also why stress relief is an important part of any CP/CPPS treatment program. Dealing with pain, sexual, problems, and incontinence can be devastating to a man’s life. These problems can cause feelings of embarrassment, hopelessness, and can also lead to relationship problems; and having a negative outlook can make symptoms worse. If you do not address the mental component of your pain, it will wreak havoc on your health.
How Does Stress Management for Treating Prostatitis Work?
How is stress related to pelvic tension? Some men carry their stress in their neck, which leads to headaches. Others subconsciously carry their stress in their pelvic muscles, leading to chronic tension and feeling like they have a “headache in the pelvis.” And the stress due to dealing with pain from prostatitis makes the pain even worse, so you end up in a vicious cycle of pain and frustration and possibly depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy and stress management techniques, such as meditation, can help train you to relax pelvic muscles. These therapies can also be used in conjunction with other methods to release pelvic tension. Some of the pelvic treatment programs incorporate a mental health component because psychological health and pelvic tension are so connected.
Stress management and relaxation exercises are part of several different programs for treating chronic tension in the pelvic floor muscles. The “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis, the Renew XY Health Program for Men, and Wise-Anderson Protocol all include strategies for dealing with the psychological side of prostatitis.
The NPAT Treatment Program is a holistic program for pelvic tension that involves stress management. This “total body” treatment was developed by naturopathic urologist, Dr. Geo Espinosa. The NPAT treatment protocol specifically focuses on pelvic tension because many chronic prostatitis causes stem from problems that take place outside of the prostate and elsewhere in the body. About 50% of CPPS cases are due to tension in the pelvic floor muscles, which can stem from stress and emotional health problems.
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)
The Wise-Anderson Protocol treats psychological and behavioral issues that could be contributing to prostatitis symptoms, including stress and anxiety. The doctors combine this psychological component with trigger point release and physical therapy.
Finding ways to lower your stress levels can help you manage your prostatitis and can have a positive effect on your health. The Renew XY Health Program for Men involves treating the mind-body connection. The program’s founder, Isa Herrera, is a physiotherapist and men’s pelvic health expert who helps patients manage stress and catastrophic thinking. Some of the stress reduction exercises in the program include relaxation breathing, cardiovascular exercise, positive thinking, journaling, and joining a self-help group or seeking support from others.
How to Learn Stress Management
If you think you could benefit from stress management treatment for prostatitis, talk to your doctor. You may also want to talk to a therapist, and try some techniques such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, and exercise. Other alternative treatments like acupuncture or biofeedback can help you relax too.
Looking into any of the treatment programs we have discussed is a good start to dealing with both the physical and psychological components of CP/CPPS. Keep in mind that these treatments can take time, and having a positive attitude will be much more beneficial to your healing than a negative attitude.