Vulval Pain Syndromes

What is Vulval Pain Syndromes?

Vulval Pain Syndromes refer to chronic pain or discomfort in the vulva, the external female genitalia. This term encompasses various conditions, including Vulvodynia (chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause) and Vestibulodynia (pain specifically in the vestibule area upon pressure or contact).

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of Vulval Pain Syndromes may include:

  • Chronic Pain: Persistent or intermittent pain in the vulva.
  • Burning, Stinging, or Itching: Sensations that may not be related to an obvious cause.
  • Pain During Intercourse: Known as dyspareunia, making sexual activity uncomfortable or painful.
  • Discomfort When Sitting: Prolonged sitting may increase discomfort.
  • Touch Sensitivity: Pain or irritation from the pressure of tight clothing or even light touch.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Physiotherapy can be a key component in managing Vulval Pain Syndromes by:

  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Strengthening or relaxing the pelvic floor muscles to reduce pain and dysfunction.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques to address musculoskeletal issues contributing to pain.
  • Pain Management Techniques: Strategies to reduce pain sensation and improve quality of life.
  • Biofeedback and Relaxation Techniques: To help patients gain control over pelvic muscles and reduce involuntary tension.
  • Education and Support: Guidance on lifestyle modifications, sexual health, and coping strategies.

Physiotherapy offers a non-invasive approach to alleviate symptoms of Vulval Pain Syndromes, focusing on both physical and functional aspects to enhance overall well-being. It is essential to work with healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists specialised in pelvic health, for a comprehensive evaluation and tailored treatment plan.

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Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic pain, looking to improve your pelvic floor strength, or need support during pregnancy and postpartum recovery, we’re here to help.

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