I had a patient ask recently about the use of valium suppositories for pelvic pain due to tight muscles. Specifically they were concerned about whether or not the medication would be felt in the rest of the body.
What if one day, for no apparent reason, you started having pain when you tried to sit. No injury proceeded this- no fall, no sexual trauma, no infection. Just a seemly random, inexplicable pain at your tailbone in sitting.
In a previous article, I discussed some of the many possible causes of female sexual pain. In this follow-up I will discuss how physical therapy can address some sources of pain with sex, give guidance on how to find a therapist, and offer tips to consider when engaging in this specialized type of physical therapy.
The Mayo Clinic terms pain associated with sexual stimulation or vaginal contact as “sexual pain disorder,” and categorizes this as a type of female sexual dysfunction. More commonly we speak of “dyspareunia” to refer to pain with sex. It can present in a number of different ways; it may be internal or external, it may or may not prevent orgasm, and it may even occur after sexual activity.
Incredible! Success rates were equal to or greater than standard medical success rates for women with PCOS, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and high FSH. When preformed pre-tranfer, therapy also improved IVF rates by 50%.
Chronic lower back discomfort. Stiff neck. Pelvic floor dysfunction such as pain with intercourse or urinary incontinence. Inability to sit squarely or for long periods of time. Pain with bowel movements. These are symptoms I see commonly grouped together in patients coming for treatment. What’s the connection?
As a women’s health physical therapist specializing in pain and scar tissue, I frequently see patients in clinic with intense, often debilitating pain caused by endometriosis.
This study paves the way for future research on the life threatening condition of small bowel obstruction
I'm honored to have been part of this case report published by the Clear Passage research team, on a child involved in a severe motor vehicle accident. This child suffered from extensive adhesions and was helped with manual physical therapy.