Pain and sexual dysfunction

Pain and sexual dysfunction

Pain and sexual dysfunction

Chronic or persistent pelvic pain is very debilitating for women and men. Chronic pain can affect a person’s ability to work, affect their relationships and decrease their sense of well-being. Changes in approaching the management of chronic pain has occurred by adapting the work of the Adelaide physiotherapists and pain researchers, Lorimer Moseley and David Butler and incorporates the importance of the brain and pain.

Central sensitization of pain means that rather than only focusing on the ‘peripheral organ’ (the vagina, the bladder or the ano-rectal region etc) we are now looking at a multi-dimensional approach to treatment, which importantly, includes the brain. It is very helpful to go to a link of a blog I have collated of many pain-related articles to help you understand this brain/pain link before the initial appointment. It can be quite a shock to you to hear your physiotherapist talking about the brain, when your pain is in your vagina or your coccyx or your anus or another part of the pelvic region, and having pre-read some or all of the links can set you up for a greater understanding immediately.

The consultation takes up to 1.5 hours and if you require vaginal dilators (a treatment modality used to massage muscle tightness in the pelvic floor muscles), these are an extra cost on top of the consultation.