If intercourse hurts or is impossible; if inserting a tampon is a struggle; if gynecologists' visits are a dreadful experience . . .
You are not alone.
Believe it or not, millions of women feel your pain and frustration. Fortunately, in recent years the medical profession has learned a lot about vaginal pain--everything from what to name it, to how to treat it, as well as physical therapy's vital role in recovery. The pelvic floor muscles and other muscles of the abdomen often tighten in reaction to pain. Over time, tight muscles can become weak and not function properly. This can limit your walking, sitting, recreation, and normal activities, including sex.
Physical therapy can significantly help those who have pelvic pain, and you deserve to be treated by the area's best providers. Choosing a group with advanced board certifications in women's health PT (WCS) and providers with CAPP training (Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic PT) allows you to be treated by the highest trained individuals in women's health. A physical therapy evaluation includes a complete postural assessment, low back screening, and testing of the pelvic floor muscles for strength, coordination, tension, and tenderness. Based on our evaluation, we develop a treatment plan to help restore your normal pelvic floor function. Treatment for your condition may include external/internal pelvic floor massage, relaxation training, EMG biofeedback education, strengthening, bladder retraining, and home exercises. We teach you strategies to manage flare-ups and give you the tools you need to control the reoccurrence of symptoms.