Vulvodynia is pain that affects the external female genital area, called the vulva. It is usually described as a sensation of burning, stinging, itching, searing, rawness, or sharp pain in the vulva and/or entrance to the vagina. Vulvodynia is pain that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by an infection, skin disorder, or other medical condition. Patients tend to have a hard time with intercourse, personal hygiene, tight clothes, sitting, and bowel movement due to pain.
What are some of the possible causes of vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia is likely caused by many factors working together. Some of these factors include:
- Damage or irritation of the nerves of the vulva or surrounding areas
- Inflammation of the vulva
- Long-term reactions to certain infections (yeast or UTI)
- Sensitivity to certain foods
- Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
- Conditions that affect nearby muscles or bones
- Chronic constipation
Often, women with vulvodynia also suffer from other common pain syndromes. These pain syndromes can include:
- Painful bladder syndrome
- Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder
How can a physiotherapist help?
Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists are specially trained to treat chronic pelvic pain. We offer an array of highly specialized manual therapy techniques to address the musculoskeletal, fascial, and visceral aspects of each patient.
Your Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Treatment will include:
- Education about your anatomy
- Education about basic pain science principles
- Internal and/or external manual therapy
- Exercises to address motor control of pelvic floor muscles
- Biofeedback (manual or traditional)
- Trigger point release
- Myofascial release
- Home exercise program
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