Proud to be taking part in the 1st Focused Symposium at WCPT 2017 on Men’s Health Physiotherapy and I will be joining world leading experts such as Dr Ruth Jones ( UK ) Prof Paul Hodges ( Australia ) Joanne Millios ( Australia ) and Somto Nwankwo ( Nigeria). We are hoping to highlight the global problems within Men’s health that Physios have an important role in and to launch it as a new frontier .
But what is Men’s Health Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists, health professionals and patients may lots about Women’s Health Physiotherapy as we all know someone who has had a baby and we all probably have had a relative or friend who has had gynaecological surgery. Both groups will have possibly seen a Specialist women’s Health Physio. This is another very specialised area of Physiotherapy that is possibly less well known. The key areas of practice within Men’s Health are
- Prostatectomy: Urinary Incontinence , Erectile dysfunction
- Male Pelvic Pain
- Sexual Dysfunction to include Erectile Dysfunction, Ejaculatory pain or painful sex
- Athletic Pelvic Dysfunction : Groin pain with perineal symptoms +/_ urinary dysfunction
- Faecal Incontinence post colorectal surgery
To get a real feel of the scope of practice of Men’s Health Physiotherapy listen to the Dr Ruth Jones and Bill Taylor Podcast recorded by the MACP
Why do we need a Focused Symposium at WCPT 2017??? There is general agreement that Men’s Health Physiotherapy is 20 years behind women’s health physiotherapy in terms of research , Don’t take my word for it listen to Prof Paul Hodges instead
Men’s Health physios can be hard to locate and have a tendency to work either alone or with a very small peer group. The Men’s Health Physiotherapy Facebook group set up by Jo Millios has grown to about 1000 MH physios and professionals interested in this topic so join in the conversation. It has some of the world’s leading Physios posting and sharing. Join us
Twitter has also played a huge part in building a Men’s Health community and spreading the message that Men’s Health Physio can play a huge part in mainly conditions. Check out this tweetchat run by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Jo Millios. Here is the transcript that will give you access to some great physios on twitter
How can I follow the WCPT Focused Symposium ?
The FS will have lots of twitter activity from @WCPT1951 , @drruthcjones @prostatejojo @gerardgreenephy
What should I start to read on Men’s Health Physiotherapy ?
This is very much a personal choice but resources that I have personally found useful and all of the authors have invested a lot of time as strong advocates for MH Physiotherapy.
Dr Grace Dorey: Seminal paper on Physiotherapy and Erectile Dysfunction
Peter Dornan: Pelvic Pain
Peter Dornan: Conquering Incontinence
Suzanne Chambers: Facing The Tiger
Craig Allingham : Men’s Action Plan
Chaitow & Jones : Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction