Wine & Lady Bits Workshop No. 3 of 4

Pain is in the brain

Painful Lady Parts – The last frontier

Pelvic Floor & Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy

Ladies, why don’t we talk about our ‘lady’ issues more? Pain in our Lady Bits is very common and for most the pain goes untreated. Has pain effected your sex life? Have you been dealing with chronic pain lasting more than 3 months? Angela Growse from Rebirth Wellness Centre provided us with a better understanding of pain and how to manage it.

Understanding Pain

To understand how to resolve pain, we have to understand what causes pain. The brain creates pain as a warning signal to protect the body. Sometimes the brain creates pain that is rooted emotion, a warning of something isn’t right in your world. This concept blew me away last night. Angela explained that if you experience pain for more than 3 months, then your therapy should change from physical to emotional or environmental. So the saying is true, some one can actually be a PAIN in you neck!

Lorimer Mosley is a clinical and research physiotherapist at the University of South Australia. His video Chronic Pain – Tame the Beast explains the research on how to manage chronic pain. We learn pain. Signals are sent to the brain and the brain choses how to react, sometimes the protective action is to move and sometimes the reaction is pain. When old injuries act up or hurt, it is a signal of your pain system being over protective. In this case you should look at what has triggered the pain. Thoughts and places can trigger pain. Understanding what triggers the pain will help you resolve it.

Painful lady parts

Angela has found that many of her pelvic pain patients are dealing with an over protective pain system. The idea of pain can cause anxiety. Anxiety makes us feel stressed. When we are stressed we tense up which can cause more pain. In these cases Angela helps her patients build confidence that pain is not something they have to live with. This is a process that takes some time. She starts small, little movements, slight pressure, sending a signal to the brain that there is no damage, no reason for pain.

Many people have felt like they are going crazy. They are in pain, it is legitimate pain, however there is no evidence of what is causing the pain. Often these people stop doing things, stop exercising, and even end up in bed because the pain is unbearable.  They get depressed because they cannot figure out what is wrong or how to resolve the pain.

First things first keep moving. Exercise helps circulate the blood through your body, blood flow helps the body heal. Then start to look at the stresses in your life. What triggers the pain and how can you put controls in place to avoid those triggers. Maybe a you should see a psychotherapist and not a physiotherapist. Not because your crazy, because you need better coping skills. Your physiotherapist can help guide you on that journey.