Tai Chi for Prostatitis
What Is Tai Chi?
Tai chi is Chinese martial art that can be practiced for its many health benefits, including balance and psychological health. Also called tai chi chuan, this exercise can be used as an alternative treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) because it helps relieve stress and focus the mind.
As many men have pelvic tension and pain that can be triggered by stress and anxiety, engaging in stress management techniques like tai chi, yoga, or meditation can help men relieve the source of their pain or help them cope with it better. Because having an ongoing chronic pain condition can cause men to feel stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of hopelessness, treating the whole body and psychological issues is important.
In addition to stress relief, tai chi has many other health benefits. While there are not many studies on tai chi for prostatitis, various other studies have shown that tai chi improves muscle strength, flexibility, blood pressure, and sleep problems, and it even reduces risk of falling.
Tai chi helps to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi (chi) in the body. It also helps to promote balance of opposing elements, yin and yang. The slow, deep breathing in doing tai chi can help you relax, and several studies have found that tai chi helps lower levels of depression and psychological distress while improving one’s sense of well being, compared with control groups.
How to Do Tai Chi for Prostatitis
Tai chi can be described as meditation in motion. It involves graceful, gentle, flowing movements. There are different styles of tai chi. Some focus more on the martial arts and defense side, while others focus on health maintenance.
If you are interested in tai chi, observe or sign up for a class. You can often find classes through your community center, or you may see a group performing tai chi at a park. There are also videos if you prefer to do it at home. You should wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes. Wear shoes that are comfortable and won’t slip. They should help you balance. Most people start seeing benefits after 12 weeks of instruction once or twice a week.
Tai Chi as a Whole-Body Approach to Wellness
Tai chi can be part of a holistic program for treating prostatitis. Pain and chronic pelvic discomfort can be caused by problems that stem from areas in the body outside the prostate itself. A treatment program that addresses your lifestyle, diet, nutrition, and other factors will help you be most successful at treating your prostatitis.
Other alternative treatments include other stress management techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat the psychological issues that contribute to prostatitis. Another Chinese alternative treatment for prostatitis is acupuncture. If you are among the 50% of men whose CP/CPPS discomfort is caused by pelvic floor muscle tension, you may want to look into intrapelvic physiotherapy or trigger point release therapy as well. Dietary changes can be helpful too, as some foods to avoid can exacerbate prostatitis symptoms. Throughout this process, keep an open mind and consider the many different treatment options available to you so that you can successfully treat your CP/CPPS.