Prostatic massage for prostatitis ("milking" of the prostate by a doctor) is an old treatment that many doctors are beginning to use again because medicines do not always successfully cure prostatitis.
To massage your Reference prostate gland Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window, the doctor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into your rectum and presses several times on your prostate. This may need to be done 2 or 3 times a week. Why this works is not certain, but it is believed that the massage helps open blocked ducts in the prostate, improving circulation and antibiotic penetration into the prostate.
Prostatic massage is not done for acute prostatitis, because it could cause the bacteria to spread from the prostate and cause a wider infection (Reference sepsis).
Other treatments that may be helpful for chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome, inflammatory or noninflammatory, include:
- Reference Acupuncture Opens New Window.
- Reference Biofeedback.
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- Relaxation techniques.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology