Varicocele: How to Exercise Without Pain
You've been there. You go to the gym, weight lift or exercise, and leave with a massively swollen lump of swollen testicle veins. The problem is that you exert when exercising. Now, you can't stop exerting just because you have a varicocele, you need to stay fit and become stronger! So, what's the solution?
Well, exertion creates excessive abdominal pressure, pushing down and preventing blood in the testicular veins from returning to the heart. This pools blood. Pooled blood is toxic blood. It is oxidizing, and poisonous, and it also prevents your testicles from cooling. Pooled blood damages both the veins and testicles causing pain, infertility, lower testosterone production, testicular shrinkage, and a whole host of other symptoms.
So, it is critically important to minimize blood pooling, improve blood circulation, minimize excessive blood flow to the testicles, and keep the testicles cool.
What to Do
1. Minimize holding your breath and exerting.
So, when you can, don't hold your breath, exhale through pursed lips. And, especially, don't exert down into your abdomen to lift.
2. Maintain good posture (axial extension)
Now, you could exert better if you maintained good posture in your spine! It actually is not all about "neutral spine". It's about AXIAL EXTENSION. I would estimate the value of axial extension as $100,000. It is such an amazing posture to maintain. It totally alleviates excessive abdominal pressure, and has dozens of other benefits that "neutral spine" does not encompass.
3. Keep your abs tight!
Well, it's actually about not allowing your abs to sag out! That means you need to activate your glutes to stabilize and make neutral your spine. You need to pull your saggy lower abs in and keep them tight--think of your lower abs as a weight lifting belt that keeps everything nice and tight. And make sure to axially extend.
4. Keep it cool!
5. Underwear or commando?
There are many ways to minimize excessive blood flow to the testicles, litterally reducing the amount of blood that will pool during physical activity/working out!
Furthermore, if you minimize excessive abdominal pressure, less blood will pool because you'll reduce the Nutcracker Effect, and minimize blood back-flow.