Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Valentine’s Day need not be a flop for thousands of men with erection problems, physiotherapists said. Simple exercises can prove as effective as the love wonder-drug Viagra, research has revealed.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) has produced a simple self-help guide to prevent and provide erectile dysfunction treatment and to encourage men to seek help.
Erectile dysfunction treatment research
Research shows exercising the pelvic floor muscles can help to restore erections in men with erectile dysfunction. Exercising these muscles can also prevent the onset of the condition. Exercising your pelvic floor can be an effective alternative to taking drugs like Viagra.
This guide is aimed at all men, not just those experiencing erectile dysfunction. It is intended to tackle physical symptoms not those related to sex performance anxiety.
You can find your pelvic floor muscles by pretending to hold in your urine and prevent the passing of wind from the back passage. Hold this contraction for 3-5 seconds and look in a mirror to see if your penis is retracting into your body and your testicles are elevating. When exercising, it is important to gain this scrotal lift and penile retraction. Avoid holding your breath and clenching your buttocks during the following exercises!
There are simple exercises you can do to help tackle erectile dysfunction. These can be performed in the comfort of your own home, while relaxing, watching television or walking about in and outside the house.
Lie down on your back on a bed, sofa or floor with your knees bent and slightly apart. Keep your feet flat on the surface. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles as quickly and as strongly as you can. Hold for as long as you can but not for more than 10 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds to recover. Perform three contractions while lying twice a day.
Sit upright on a chair without resting against the back of the chair. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles by attempting to lift your testicles. Hold for as long as possible but not for more than 10 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds to recover. Perform three contractions while sitting twice a day.
Stand in front of a long mirror. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles and watch the gradual elevation of your testicles and the penile retraction. Hold for as long as you can but not for more than 10 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds to recover. Perform three contractions while standing twice a day.
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, it may take three to six months to build up your pelvic floor muscles. Once you have regained normal function, you should practise a few strong pelvic floor muscles exercises each day to maintain your improvement.