Does Prostate Massage For Back Pain Really Work?
Prostate massagers are enjoying a surprising rebirth in the male sex toy market. Known for their ability to trigger intense or multiple orgasms, their creators are slowly convincing men to push back against cultural aversions to stumble in the name of pleasure. But this spring, leading prostate massage maker Aneros took a new sales tactic. Their massagers, they argued in a news email, are in fact medically patented devices with the potential to relieve back pain, a call to all sore men – not just hedonists.
Strange as it may sound, the prostate, a nut-shaped organ between the base of the penis and the anus that secretes fluid into the ejaculate and helps push ejaculations out, can affect men’s backs. When inflamed by a buildup of this fluid, it twists the surrounding muscles, causing pain in the groin and sometimes upward, as well as painful urination or ejaculations.
Despite claims on some men’s health sites that sitting too long and other bad modern work habits cause fluid buildup through poor circulation in many men, urologists consulted for this article agreed that inflammation was almost always, if not exclusively, caused by infections, usually triggered by other disease or direct injury to the prostate. Known as prostatitis, not even all men with this condition, which can be brief or chronic, suffers from back pain.
While many, maybe even the majority, men are likely to suffer from prostatitis, which can strike at any age, it is not the only cause of low back pain. Dr Jesse Mills, an expert in prostate problems, points out that back pain can also be caused by kidney or bladder problems, herniated discs, bone cancer or just muscle spasms, among a host of completely unrelated problems. prostates.
Prostate massage has been used as a treatment for prostatitis in the early 20th century, says Mills. “The idea was that if you went in there and mechanically broke the secretions in the prostate, it would help release some of that pressure,” he says. But doctors also told patients at the time to ejaculate as often as they could to break the safeguards. When antibiotics with the power to treat the main infection became available, he adds, massage “fell out of favor as the main therapy.”
Many prostatitis forums and advice columns always lists prostate massage as a treatment. These sites often try to push doubtful and extremely suspicious prostate medical massagers or diet plans. But Mills notes that some prostatitis specialists still recommend prostate massage, presumably for chronic cases or other situations where the main infection simply cannot be cured.
Forrest Andrews, product manager at Aneros, says those holdouts gave birth to the company’s first masseur. In 1995, a Japanese doctor who still offered in-office massages for prostatitis approached inventor Jiro Takashima to create a home massager so people didn’t have to come to his office regularly or be left without. treatment if they moved to an area. without pro-massage urologists. After get a patent in 1998, they started selling their massager (without FDA test) under the label of alternative medical product High Island Health. It wasn’t until years later, based on user stories of intense orgasms, that he launched Aneros to sell the same device as a sex toy.
Mills recognizes home massage could relieve pain beyond those of prostatitis. “By massaging the prostate, you potentially relax some of the [your] pelvic muscles that are in a state of spasm ”for all reason, he says, not just those caused by the inflammation of prostatitis. He thinks there should be more studies on this possible effect, as it remains speculative.
“If this is minimally invasive non-pharmaceutical therapy,” says Mills, “then it may actually be a reasonable addition to more traditional medical practices” for knowledgeable and willing people.
But Mills believes Aneros’ press emails far exceed that covered potential. Selling massagers as treatments for general back pain can cause people to avoid seeking other diagnoses or treatments, which could exacerbate non-prostate problems. Nina Šmigmator from LELO, another manufacturer of prostate massagers, claims that the potential medical benefits also motivated the initial development of LELO. But while the manufacturer recognizes the potential of the prostate massager to lessen the effects of prostatitis, LELO uses more circumspect language. “You should be wary of any company” making big medical claims, she said.
Until more research can be done, adds migmator, “it should suffice to say that, at the very least, prostate massage is safe and incredibly pleasurable.”
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