Pain and sexual dysfunction

Pain and sexual dysfunction

In these uncertain times due to COVID19 (Coronavirus) there can be nothing more important than learning how to deal with the sudden dramatic changes in your work, health and family situation. Anxiety builds as the changes hit your financial, physical and mental well-being. We are re-commencing this class that we have conducted for a number of years to help bring some strategies into your very own living room. We call it ‘Coping through COVID19 – Stress management exercises to help stay healthy and pain free’.

Whether you live with persistent pain from migraines, endometriosis, overactive pelvic pain (which can be manifested in sexual dysfunction for both women and men) or low back pain, this class will provide self-healing strategies such as stretches to help nerves slide and glide; take you through full body relaxation allowing tense muscles to down-train and soften; there will be mindfulness and breath awareness and generally reinstating a sense of calm in your body.

Join us for the group class at 6.15pm on Monday nights. Click on the link on this page.

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.

A one-on-one ‘Telehealth’ consultation can also be booked and 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.