Many women, from all walks of life, carry around what they feel to be an embarrassing secret. Despite repeated efforts, many women are unable to tolerate a gynecological exam, use a tampon or consummate their sexual relationship. Many women feel they must be the only ones experiencing these difficulties and wonder what is wrong with them. Sometimes, the problem goes undiagnosed for years, even after a woman mentions the problem to her primary care doctor or gynecologist.
This condition, called vaginismus, is more common than most women think and is highly treatable. One of the most successful treatments for vaginismus is pelvic floor physical therapy. In vaginismus, the muscles of the pelvic floor (vaginal muscles) contract involuntarily to prevent penetration. In pelvic floor physical therapy, a highly trained physical therapist teaches the client how to stretch both the surrounding muscles of the pelvis (inner thighs, hips, low back) and the pelvic floor muscles. Clients who are dedicated to attending their physical therapy appointments and performing their homework achieve great success.
To learn more about physical therapy treatment of vaginismus, visit the page for Renew Physical Therapy Pelvienne Pain Program or call to schedule
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