Sitz Bath Treatment for Prostatitis
What Is a Sitz Bath?
Sitz baths are an effective way to relieve pain associated with prostatitis, and they are a treatment you can easily do at home. The sitz bath treatment for prostatitis is alternative treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) works by keeping the area clean and increasing blood flow to the area. This very old treatment dates back hundreds of years, and it is more effective than a regular bath for a localized condition like prostate pain.
The sitz bath treatment for prostatitis involves sitting in a shallow hot water bath that is as hot as you can tolerate without burning your skin. You need to submerge only the middle section of your body in the water. Your arms, legs, and chest should be out of the water so the heat focuses on the painful part of your body and enhances blood flow to just the prostate area. The water level should be up to the hips or belly button. If you do not have a bathtub that allows you to drape your arms and legs comfortably out of the water, you may need to sit in a free-standing basin or tub large that is enough for you.
A sitz bath should last 30 to 40 minutes. You will need to keep adding more hot water to keep the water hot. Try to relax while in the sitz bath as relaxation is therapeutic as well.
After your sitz bath session, stand up slowly (so you do not faint) and turn the shower on as cold as you can stand it. Direct the water to your prostate area, rubbing the area gently for about 20 seconds. The cold water will cause the blood vessels to quickly constrict and force out blood and toxins, after which the heat that remains in the body will restore the blood flow. Pain from prostatitis should be dramatically improved. Drink one or two large glasses of water to rehydrate after your sitz bath.
You will probably need to take several sitz baths to continue to get relief. If you do not get pain relief from the sitz bath, keep in mind that some men find relief using cold through applying ice packs.
Other alternative treatments that involve heat are heat therapy (which involves applying heat to the perineal area) and water induced thermotherapy. It usually takes a multimodal approach to best treat prostatitis, so be patient and expect to try several different treatment methods, including stress management, to determine what works for you. There are many other drug-free natural and alternative treatments that can help you resolve your prostatitis pain.