IT IS A TOPIC WHICH IS OFTEN NOT EASILY TALKED ABOUT, BUT A LOT OF WOMEN DO SUFFER FORM IT.
Over the past 15 years within the Body Stress Release association there has been a lot of research done in the topic of Vulva Pain – vulvodynia / vestibulodynia / vaginismus. We experience that Body Stress Release treatment can to be very effective with these healthissues.
Vulvodynia is a chronic, unexplained pain in the area around the opening of the vagina. Vulvodynia can be so uncomfortable that some activities can feel unbearable, such as sitting for long periods of time or having sex. Symptoms include burning and rawness in the genital area. Pain may be constant or occasional and can last for months or even years.
Vaginismus is an involuntary tensing of the vagina. People experience it at the start of sex, while inserting a tampon or while getting a pelvic exam. Vaginismus can make intercourse painful (dyspareunia).
Vestibulodynia is pain that occurs at the entrance (vestibule) to your vagina. Pain may also occur in other external parts of your genitals or vulva. Vestibulodynia is a form of vulvodynia or serious and long-lasting (chronic) vulvar pain that occurs for no known reason.
Vulva pain is affecting about 15% to 20% of women ages 18 to 50.
WHAT CAUSES THIS DISCOMFORT
There is a common link between a previous back and/or coccyx injury and the subsequent onset of vulval pain. Examples of past injuries sustained include falling downstairs, falling off a horse, slipping on ice, and skiing and sporting accidents. A few women have also developed vulval pain or vaginismus following surgery.
For some women, a substantial period of time elapsed between the injury and the onset of vulval pain or tightness when their bodies reached a state of stress overload.
A significant proportion of the women we have seen also reported other symptoms of stored stress including IBS, indigestion, constipation, recurring urinary infections and cramps, all of which have improved with Body Stress Release.
We have found that releasing tension, with the Body Stress Release treatment, in the lower back, sacrum, coccyx and pelvic areas encourages the vulval and pelvic floor muscles to relax, which in turn leads to a reduction in pain.
HOW DOES IT WORK
The pudendal nerve is the motor nerve originating from the sacrum carrying signals to and from the urethra, genitals, and the anal area. Tight or painful muscles that originate in the middle and lower back also insert into the pelvic area and may exert pressure on these nerve pathways. Tension in any of these areas may result in a burning feeling, loss of sensation, numbness, tightness, a stabbing, knife-like or aching pain.
I have worked with many women suffering from vulva pain and other related conditions. The majority of them have achieved significant relief from their pain and discomfort, which in some cases, they had been experiencing for many years.