Could yoga help manage prostate symptoms? …
(LANA BURGESS, MEDICAL NEWS TODAY)
Prostate enlargement (or benign prostatic hyperplasia) can cause problems with urination that many men find frustrating.
Could yoga help manage the symptoms of this condition?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is caused by changes in hormone levels as a man gets older. It is a normal part of the aging process and is not dangerous.
Even so, the problems an enlarged prostate can cause are irritating, and many men look for ways that they can improve their symptoms.
How might yoga help?
A 2006 study showed that exercise could help reduce the risk of BPH. Doing exercise such as yoga may be helpful in preventing the condition.
Yoga may also help improve the symptoms of BPH, as it can help exercise and strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor. In a 2011 study, researchers found that yogic practices improved muscle strength.
Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and reducing pelvic tension can help improve bladder control, making it easier to urinate.
The same study showed that yoga might help to reduce stress, and stress is believed to make the symptoms of BPH worse. Reducing stress through yoga means BPH symptoms are less likely to be aggravated.
The Hero Pose (Virasana)
The Hero Pose is a seated yoga position that can help release pelvic tension around the prostate. Here’s how to do this pose:
- kneel down and lower your butt to the floor, so you are sitting between your feet with knees to the floor and feet pointing to the back
- rest your hands on your thighs with palms down
- keep your weight between the hips, trying not to put too much pressure on the knees
- try to sit as straight upright as possible, so the spine is lengthened
- hold for up to 5 minutes
- get out of the pose by rolling to one side to release the legs
If you find this pose difficult, use a cushion for additional support. READ THE FULL STORY AT MEDICAL NEWS TODAY. Also of interest: Everything You Need to Know About Erectile Dysfunction (ED)