Yoga for Prostatitis and Pelvic Pain
What Is Yoga?
Yoga is an exercise and alternative treatment that can help men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) in many ways. Yoga helps by relieving stress, increasing blood flow, and helping with strength and flexibility. It involves stretching the body and getting into different poses while you concentrate on your breathing, keeping it slow and controlled. Yoga is a holistic form of treatment that helps with both the physical aspect of the body and mental health as well.
The practice of yoga goes back over 5,000 years and it is still popular today. It has been shown to be effective for relieving depression, anxiety, and back pain, which can all be related to prostatitis. In fact, stress and anxiety contribute to tension in the pelvic floor, which is the cause of pelvic pain for about half of the men with CP/CPPS.
Dealing with a painful chronic condition that is difficult to treat like CP/CPPS can cause stress, anxiety, and depression for men, so stress management techniques like yoga, meditation, and tai chi are important parts of any CP/CPPS treatment program. Addressing the mental component of your health is important to your all-over health.
How to Do Yoga for Prostatitis and Pelvic Pain
There are certain yoga positions that are particularly helpful in treating prostatitis. The standing pelvic tilt, downward dog, and reclining big toe pose positions work the muscles of the pelvic floor and increase blood flow to the prostate area. The half bridge pose is also recommended. The types of positions that have you lying flat on the floor with your legs raised and your knees close to your chest will improve muscle function in the pelvic region.
You can perform yoga every day. It is important to learn how to do it properly though to prevent injury, so learn yoga from a knowledgeable yoga instructor. Talk to your doctor before doing any new exercises. While doing yoga may not cure CP/CPPS, it may help strengthen pelvic muscles and help you relieve stress, which is a major contributor to pelvic tension.
As part of a multimodal approach to CP/CPPS, yoga can be an important component of your treatment. That is why you can do it as part of the holistic program “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis, which involves several natural and alternative therapies such as:
- 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).
The NPAT program recognizes that many of the causes of pelvic tension originate in areas of the body outside of the prostate, so it is best to use a whole-body approach when treating CP/CPPS. Depending on your symptoms, you might want to incorporate some of these other natural and alternative therapies into your treatment so you can fight your prostatitis from several different angles including diet and supplements. If you suffer from a pelvic floor dysfunction, it may be worth looking into trigger point release therapy, intrapelvic physiotherapy and pelvic floor rehabilitation.