Acupuncture for Men’s Health
Quick healing time is crucial if you take your sport seriously. Adding acupuncture to your healing plan can increase recovery time getting you back to your sport faster. Acupuncture can also be used to strengthen and prevent repeat injuries if you have a vulnerable joint or back issue.
Inflammations of the prostate gland in men, (called prostatitis) can cause urinary dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pain. Acupuncture can be used as an adjunct treatment for acute bacterial prostatitis as well as some chronic types. It can also help manage and reduce symptoms of an inflamed prostate that is only under observation by your GP and not in need of medical attention.
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
As men age, the prostate gland can swell and cause discomfort and urinary symptoms. Most cases do not require medical intervention, but can still cause symptoms. Acupuncture and western herbs can be used in a way to manage symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy and slow the progression over time.
Male Factor Infertility
Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Acupuncture and specific supplements have shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors, such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception
It is estimated that 31% of men report issues with libido. Anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances and anatomical problems can all contribute and most are treatable with acupuncture.
Please contact Alan Hunter for more information about Acupuncture for Men’s Health.
Counselling for Men’s Health
There are many reasons why men may feel more reluctant to engage in counselling than women. Talking about one’s worries, emotions and behaviour is generally viewed as a feminine characteristic, not to mention men having a general uncertainty and suspicion about what goes on within the therapy room. And there’s the value men place on being seen as independent and resilient. Regardless of the barriers to engaging in counselling, the reality is that men have emotional needs too, every bit as much as women. Gender roles have dictated that women and girls can express and own their emotions whereas men and boys tend to be encouraged to view any feelings of vulnerability or insecurity as weak and undesirable. We are told to “man up” or “be a brave boy”.
Our emotions tell us what we need. But if we can’t trust or accept what they tell us, it’s difficult to really know who we are or what we might need. If we see feelings of vulnerability or insecurity as a sign of weakness, we may respond to these emotions with anger, frustration and withdrawal from those closest to us. In some instances, this can also lead to self-medicating with alcohol or other substances, which in turn can lead to anxiety or depressive symptoms which can manifest in many different ways. Ever-increasing numbers of men of all ages engage in counselling, taking the opportunity to gain clarity and an understanding of the difficulties we all experience throughout our lives, and particularly in areas which are difficult for men to talk openly about, such as:
- Addictions – alcohol, substances, gambling, pornography
- Self-esteem issues – confidence, self worth/efficacy
- Sexual issues – loss of libido, gender confusion, sexuality
- Fatherhood – becoming a dad, struggling to maintain role, being a son
- Bereavement and loss – staying strong for everyone else
- Childhood abuse – physical, emotional, sexual, verbal
- Work issues – general stress, loss of employment, health issues
- Relationships – partners, children, parents, colleagues
- Social anxiety
- Low mood
Working with an experienced counsellor, who is familiar with the barriers men face within themselves and within the world, can offer real opportunities for better mental and emotional well-being.
Booking your appointment with Southside Therapy Centre
If you would like to book a session with any of our practitioners or have any questions please contact the practitioner directly using the contact information on their own website pages.
Prices & Booking Policy
Sessions times and prices will vary on the therapy and length of session. Each therapist will have details on their own website pages.
Booking & Cancellation Policy for all Therapists at Southside Therapy Centre
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact your therapist as soon as possible. Missed appointments and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged in full. If you arrive late for your appointment, it will still have to end at the usual time.