Understanding its therapeutic benefits
Prostatic massage, also known simply as prostate massage, is a manual procedure in which a finger is inserted into the rectum to stimulate the prostate gland
Prostate massage does release excess seminal fluid (the fluid that mixes with sperm to create semen) from the ducts of the prostate gland. As an alternative holistic practitioner & 7 yrs experience & massage therapist, I not only claim, but I have 1st hand experience that many of my clients do testify that by using this type of modality it has eased their prostate inflammation and pain while alleviating pressure on the adjacent urinary tract. Many tell me there urine stream is straight, they are able to get a stronger erection & ejaculation, pelvic pain eases. Another point from a holistic energy standpoint is that it helps to remove energy blockages that have become stagnant. By working with the chakra(s) , this helps to open the 1st & 2nd chakra of any blockages or past trauma from a spiritual standpoint.
Among some of the conditions prostate massage is said to treat are:
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) (enlarged prostate)
Prostatitis (prostate inflammation)
Urinary hesitancy (difficulty urinating)
Prostate massage is also used for sexual stimulation to help achieve arousal, enhance an erection, or relax the rectum in advance of anal sex.
Prostatic massage came into popular use in 1894 and was soon after adopted a therapeutic technique by the Royal Institute of Massage at Stockholm.
About the prostate
The prostate gland is about the size and shape of a walnut, located between the bladder and the root of the penis. The urethra (through which urine and semen leave the body) runs through the center of the prostate.
As a man ages, the prostate tends to grow. In men in their 60s, 70s, and beyond, the prostate can reach the size of a plum or even larger. As it does so, it can progressively constrict the urethra, causing urinary symptoms of BPH such as:
Frequent need to urinate
Increased frequency of urination at night
Difficulty starting urination
Weak urine stream
Dribbling at the end of urination
Inability to completely empty the bladder
In some cases, BPH can lead to incontinence, sexual dysfunction, prostatitis, bladder stones, cystitis (bladder infection), and reduced kidney function. It is not a risk factor for prostate cancer, however.2
Beyond its role in men's health, the prostate gland is also involved in the sexual response cycle in men as parasympathetic nerves stimulate the production of seminal fluid during the plateau phase prior to ejaculation.
Prostate Massage & Cancer
Similarly, prostate massage should be avoided in men suspected of having prostate cancer. Manually rubbing a tumor can dislodge cells and inadvertently promote the spread of cancer to nearby tissues.
There are some studies showing that prostate massage prior to some tests for prostate cancer can increase the sensitivity of the test (make it more likely the cancer will be picked up). The PSA should not be tested right after this procedure as it could falsely elevate it.
For this reason, a prostate massage IS NOT recommended if you believe you have cancer, nor should a self-exam take the place of an exam by a physician. Instead, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men 55 to 69 discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctor using a blood test known as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA).7
Even if cancer is not an issue, care MUST be taken to avoid injuring the prostate. The thin, pliable membrane covering the prostate, called the prostatic plexus, is rich in nerves that service the sponge-like corpora cavernosa of the penis.
Heavily Prodding or poking the prostate vigorously can inadvertently damage the nerves of the corpora cavernosa, increasing the risk of erectile dysfunction.