Doctors and traditional Male Pelvic Pain therapists have long missed the mark with their treatment strategies. New and recent developments in treatment have provided effective, reproducible solutions to pelvic pain, but many clinicians are still stuck on traditional strategies like invasive surgeries or invasive manual therapies. The issue is not malice, but rather a lack of awareness and communication about these new non-invasive and effective solutions.
Within the last 20 or so years, a new genre of therapy has emerged. With it came a new way to work the muscles of the body that will actually eliminate chronic or systemic tension. Such an efficient method of flexibility training wasn’t available to a therapist before, and to this day it isn’t even taught in medical school or physical therapy school.
That relatively new therapy is resistance stretching, or more specifically, Dynamic Contraction Technique developed by Nic Bartolotta. The DCT methodology shows that if you isolate a muscle concentrically, working it very specifically until you feel a burn in that tissue, then work the same muscle eccentrically through multiple high load repetitions, you can remove chronic tension from the body. By using resistance as you change the physiological length of the muscle you are strengthening it as you lengthen it—and by extension, the body—putting it into a better, more functional posture.
Previously this technique, and the way DCT works to change body posture, wasn’t available to clinicians. As a result, they never were able to counteract the tension being pulled into their patients’ bodies from everyday strength training and activities of daily living. Instead, their traditional training taught them to “fight fire with fire.”
That’s all fine and good up to a point. But too much of this approach can add so much tension to the system that something finally snaps or breaks. The patient is then left with a true traumatic event in the body that can no longer be treated with strengthening.
In the case of pelvic floor dysfunction, that traumatic event is when the pelvis actually deforms and changes shape. The change of shape is a collapse of the bottom of the pelvis, between the ischial tuberosities and the coccyx. That creates active insufficiency throughout the pelvic floor, which puts those muscles in a state of chronic spasm. Nic has found that this is what tends to lead to the vast majority of Male Pelvic Pain symptoms.
Unfortunately, most doctors and clinicians have never been trained in or seen the reproducible results of a method like DCT.
Nic has demonstrated in his graduate research that DCT is, at the very least, as good at changing a range of motion as PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation). However, no one has ever had the time or inclination to spend the money to delve deeper and see the reproducible results that Nic has proven in his clinic and throughout the last 20 years, he has been practicing.
The anecdotal evidence from testimonials about the effects of DCT is overwhelming and compelling. The DCT Male Pelvic Pain program is literally taking tension off of joints allowing for the resolution of Male Pelvic Pain symptoms.