Massage Techniques

Question:

I am a 65-year-old male in good health. I've been reading quite a bit about maintaining the prostate for good health. In your opinion what is the best approach to keeping the prostate soft and drained? It seems that medical doctors recommend regular massage of the prostate. Are you familiar with this approach? And are you in agreement with it? If so, can you direct me to professionals who would provide this service in the Tucson, AZ area? Or tell me how I might find such people?
- Marv

Answer:

I personally am not familiar with this procedure, and as a Registered Massage Therapist it goes beyond my scope of practice. However, I did find the following information, which I hope is of help to you.

Prostate massage is a term often used to describe prostate drainage that is produced by the application of pressure on the prostate. The pressure is either applied by a finger, or by a mechanical device, that is inserted into the rectum.

The objective of prostate massage is to use the pressure applied to the prostate to force debris from the prostate and out through the urethra. The forceful passage of that debris relieves built up pressure inside the prostate, and provides relief to a man suffering from a prostate disorder such as prostatitis.

Prostate massage has long been used as a means of maintaining prostate health, and to promote increased sexual health. In the Orient, prostate massage has been included in traditional medicine for centuries. In recent years, many medical articles have been published which advocate prostatic massage as a treatment for chronic prostatitis, infertility, and benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH).

Historically, prostate massage has been used for centuries as a part of Oriental & Ayurvedic holistic health practices. Prostate massage is once again becoming more widely recommended as researchers discover that prostate massage complements and increases the effectiveness of antibiotics, antimicrobials or herbal remedies by facilitating circulation to the prostate gland. In addition, many find that prostate massage itself is successful where other remedies have failed.

The procedure does have some risks that could result in trauma to the prostate tissue. If you are suffering from a prostate disorder then the last thing you need is damage done to your prostate tissue by the application of external pressure. Your prostate is already under strain from the accumulation of debris that is causing you distress.

Overall, prostate massage can be effective in providing relief but, as mentioned above, there is some risk involved.

The Massage Therapy 101 website provides links to Alternative treatments and Associations that can provide guidance and help with your search. Acupressure may be an alternative route as well.

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