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Vaginismus: A Pelvic Pain that Physical Therapy Can Help

Vaginismus: A Pelvic Pain that Physical Therapy Can Help!!

Written by:  Yuchin Chang, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT

What is Vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a painful pelvic floor dysfunction in which any penetration to the vaginal opening is very painful and restricted.  For women who have this condition, using a tampon or having a sexual relationship is very painful and challenging.  Depression and social isolation are commonly found among people who have a such painful condition.

Often people with Vaginismus suffer in silence, since they may feel awkward or embarrassed to approach the topic, even with their own physicians.

Physical Therapy Can Help Such a Painful Condition

Physical therapists have long been involved in treating such painful conditions in the past 20-30 years, and it has become much better known to physicians and the general public now.

When muscles around the pelvic floor become tight and stay in these holding patterns, the muscles can actively cause pain.  During the therapy session, the pelvic floor therapist will be able to evaluate the muscles’ function and establish a comprehensive treatment program.

Through manual release techniques, muscle re-training, movement analysis, and a home program, my patients have ways to improve their pain and quality of life more effectively.  Each treatment program is personalized, and you will not be treated with a cookbook approach.

If you would like more information about treating pelvic pain, please call Professional Physical Therapy and Training at 973-270-7417.  Our offices are located within the YMCA locations in Madison and Summit, NJ.  You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to visit with us.

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