According to Australian Physiotherapy Association president Marcus Dripps, a simple program of pelvic floor exercises can help reduce the side effects brought about by prostate cancer surgery.
Mr Dripps said tailored exercises could shorten the time and severity of post-surgery incontinence, which affects 95 per cent of patients.
Someone who has noticed the benefits of the program is East Fremantle artist Tony Jones, saying the support provided by physiotherapist Jo Milios has been important to his recovery.
“The surgeon’s practice had a full range of support including Jo, who prepared me prior to the op and has been available to support me subsequently,” he said.
“I’ve seen Jo maybe 10-15 times and the issues that were predicted as possible have been controlled, managed and more or less eliminated.”
Ms Milios said she had been a specialist in the field for more than 10 years and has seen a growing number of men using the treatment.
“Men should give Men’s Health Physiotherapy a go because it can improve a whole range of essential quality of life functions,” she said.
“Just don’t be afraid to ask for help, there is no shame in that.”