Saddle Sports Trauma

Ease and Prevent Saddle Sports Trauma

pg_conditions_saddleFrustrating isn’t it? You eat healthily and do your best to stay in shape. Clocking up those obligatory miles on your bike each week is an incredible way of doing so. However, what you probably didn’t realise is that the odd bike ride here and there also has negative effects on our bodies, the consequences of which could be devastating.

All saddle sports, including horse riding, motorcycle riding and cycling put pressure on the perineum (the area between the scrotum and the anus), where the blood supply for the penis and pelvic floor muscles is. Prolonged pressure in this area could lead to erectile dysfunction. It is vital to maximise the blood flow to this area in order to protect against such disorders.

How the Private Gym Programme Can Help

No-one wants to be taken for a ride, and we promise that’s not what we’re here to do! The Private Gym programme can be used to prevent and treat the symptoms that occur as a result of saddle sports trauma. The exercises are designed to increase blood flow to the penis and increase the strength and tone of the pelvic floor muscles, which will effectively ease any compression trauma caused to the perineum.

So, let us help you get back in the saddle when it comes to your sex life!

Kegel Exercises for Men

Heard of Kegel exercises? Well if you have, you probably thought they were just for girls, right? Originally devised by Dr. Arnold Kegel as a method of improving female sexual and urinary health after childbirth, Kegel (pelvic floor) exercises are now performed by the majority of women worldwide. However, men also have a pelvic floor, which is of parallel importance when it comes to sexual, bladder and bowel function. Exercising it and keeping it strong is therefore just as important for us as it is for women.

Benefits for Cyclists

What if we told you that in order to avoid becoming a victim of saddle sports trauma you need to stop cycling altogether? You’d probably say, “On yer bike”! And you’d be right to; cycling is extremely beneficial. Additionally, there are ways in which we can prevent ourselves falling victim to this type of trauma and counteract the adverse effects.

Cyclists can pump life back into their compromised regions by performing pelvic floor exercises. With each contraction blood flow to the perineum and genitals is increased, which reinvigorates the muscles and enables them to cope with the additional pressure. As well as committing to the programme, actively squeezing the pelvic floor muscles by using the Private Gym “basic flex” technique before, during and after cycling will help to ease the compression trauma. Most cyclists take a break from sitting in the saddle and stand up once in a while. This presents the perfect opportunity to ease some of the pressure and perform some basic flexes to improve blood flow.

You can’t just ride this one out, but the Private Gym can help!