As a massage therapist, I get asked daily if I give prostate massages. The answer is NO I do not! Why? Well because they should only be performed by a doctor that has the correct training to invade your body. In this blog, I will pull together information benefits, reason, issues and problems with prostate massage.
What is a prostate massage?
Medical News Today gives a great description of what it is and what happens during a prostate massage. “A digital rectal exam is used to check the overall size and condition of the prostate gland. During the procedure, a doctor will check for lumps and other changes that may be signs of health issues. A doctor wearing a lubricated glove performs the test by inserting a finger into the patient’s rectum and pressing the sides of the prostate nearby. If the symptoms suggest an infection, the doctor may massage, or rub, the prostate to obtain fluid for later study. The fluid released by the prostate is called expressed prostatic secretion. Doctors will analyze it for signs of inflammation or infection.” After, reading what is involved in a prostate massage I can tell you that massage therapist DO NOT have the training to do any of the above-listed procedures.
Types of prostate massage
Medical News Today goes on to explain the types of prostate massage. “A doctor may use a prostate massage technique to diagnose prostate problems but not to treat them. Some individuals use prostate massage regularly to deal with the symptoms of their prostate problems. This may be done manually, or with a prostate massaging device. Prostate massage can be slightly painful. Some people report an increased burning sensation after drainage, due to the nature of the fluids that are released. External prostate massage may involve exerting pressure on the perineum, the area about halfway between the anus and the scrotum. It can also be done by gently rubbing the belly between the pubic bone and the belly button. There are also devices to assist with external prostate massage.” None of these sound very relaxing to me and shouldn’t be done to a client without a doctor’s guidance.
Risks of prostate massage
Medical News Today lists several risks of getting a prostate massage.
Worsening of acute prostatitis and potential blood poisoning, due to a risk of spreading infection
Bleeding around the prostate
Cellulitis, a serious skin infection
Spreading of prostate cancer, if present
Damage to the rectal lining.
Individuals with epididymitis, an inflammation of the tube connecting the testicle to the vas deferens, should avoid prostate massage. Due to the potential for damage to the rectal lining, the pressure used on the prostate must be minimal. The area is very sensitive, so any intervention must be carried out with caution and proper hygiene.
Physicians generally recommend that only trained healthcare professionals treat the prostate, and that they do so with great care and gentleness. As a general rule, physicians do not recommend prostate massage.” This being said as a massage therapist doing prostate massage can open you up to harming your client. I feel that this out weights the benefits.
Benefits of prostate massage
“Potential benefits of prostate massage
Supporters claim that prostate massage:
Prevents the buildup of prostatic fluid in the prostate
Improves the effectiveness of antibiotics against prostatitis
Supports healthy prostate functioning
Heightens sexual experience
Reduces the pain and discomfort of an inflamed prostate.
External prostate massage is said to reduce pain, improve erection, and ease urination.
There is little medical evidence to support these claims.”
As stated above there is little medical evidence to support that prostate massage is good for a client. That being said I do not offer prostate massage in any form or fashion. I think it would be wise to avoid going to a person that claims to do prostate massage unless they are a doctor.