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Male Impotence / Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

There are many causes for male impotence, some of them life threatening, such as high cholesterol, heart disease etc. so the most important thing to do is first get checked out by a doctor. There are also other causes that are much more difficult to diagnose, such as emotional stress, lumbar disc prolapse or rupture.

In the case of emotional stress being the cause, massage can be very helpful. No, it's not going to deal with the cause of the stress, but a regular massage can definitely help with the symptoms.

There two other common causes, one being short hamstrings, and the other being tight psoas muscles.

Short hamstrings can cause impotency / Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Short hamstrings are well known for being the cause of a lot of back pain. We give very little though to these, often over worked, muscles.

Being postural muscle, the hamstrings are usually in a state of tension, or we would simply fall over. But, they hardly every get stretched properly, and are often the most neglected.

The problem is, that when they shorten, we know all about it, as they tilt the pelvis slightly and cause us some lower back pain. If left untreated though, this will carry on to cause more than a little lower back pain, but also have an effect on the sacro-tuberouse ligament. (a ligament deep in the groin area) and cause it to be put under tension. This ligament will in turn compress the pudendal nerve and sciatic nerve. The pudendal nerve provides sensory and motor innervation to sex organs as well as the urine bladder and anal sphincters, while the sciatic nerve feeds to the leg and foot. One can imagine, that when these nerves are compressed, that over time they gradually stop functioning, and loss of both function and sensation are experienced.

In short, tight hamstrings can and do cause impotency in men (as well as loss of sensation in women) along with sciatic pain.

Warning signs are, lower back pain, numbness and tingling in the foot, leg and thigh, as well as the sex organs.

Of course, as stated previously, there are many other conditions which cause impotency in men, and you should get checked out by your doctor is this is the case, as heart disease is also one cause.

Treatment includes massage and stretching (of the lower back bum and hamstrings).

Tight Poas Muscles

The psoas muscles are located deep within the abdomen, and are the main hip flexor muscles. When they are tight, the can clamp doen on nerves and/or blood supply to the reproductive organs.

treatment would consist of massage to release the spoas muscles, as well as stretching and exercise.


REFERENCES
Antolak S.J. Pudendal Neuralgia. Genitourinary Pain & Inflammation. Diagnosis&Management. Edited by J.M. Potts, MD, 2008 Bensingnor M.F., Labat J.J. Robert R., Ducrot P. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nerve Blocks for Patients With Perineal Non-Malignant Pain. 8th World Congress on Pain, 56, 1996.

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