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We Treat Endometriosis Pain Naturally

Clear Passage is a world leader in the treatment of endometriosis pain, without surgery or drugs. With over two decades of experience, studies and citations on our physio/physical therapy treating endometriosis and intercourse pain have been published in peer-reviewed U.S. and international medical journals. Complete our online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with an expert therapist and learn whether this therapy can help you.

Our therapists also treat endometriosis-related infertility.

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Endometriosis Overview

Most patients report significant to profound pain relief, and a return to normal life – facts supported by published studies about our work.

The pull of adhesions on pain-sensitive structures can cause the severe, debilitating pain in women with endometriosis.

Endometriosis refers to a condition in which endometrial tissue that normally lines the uterus is found in other areas of the body. It may appear on or near the reproductive organs or within the abdominal cavity. Endometriosis causes inflammation, often accompanied by adhesions that form to help the body heal from the inflammation. Adhesions from endometriosis can join structures with strong glue-like bonds that can last a lifetime.

Adhesions, endometriosis, pain and dysfunction are intimately related. Adhesions from endometriosis can cause pain anywhere in the body (abdomen, pelvis, lower back). Dysfunctions such as poor digestion, irritable bowel and infertility may also result from the adhesions and endometriosis. In our patients, we have found that the pull of adhesions on pain-sensitive structures is what causes the severe, debilitating pain in many women with endometriosis.

We presented our findings from research with women experiencing endometriosis-associated pain at the 62nd American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) / Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) Annual Meeting.

The often dramatic decreased pain our patients report in published studies is the result of our focus on breaking the bonds of adhesive cross-links. Freedom from those bonds creates a freedom from the pain they cause.

The often dramatic decreased pain our patients report in published studies is the result of our focus on breaking the bonds of adhesive cross-links. Freedom from those bonds creates a freedom from the pain they cause.

Treatment for Endometriosis Pain (Wurn Technique)

We know adhesions well. We faced this situation 20 years ago when the physical therapist director of Clear Passage, Belinda Wurn, developed severe adhesions after pelvic surgery and radiation therapy to her abdomen. Unable to work due to the pain, and having seen the devastating and debilitating effects of adhesions in her own patients, she was determined to find a non-surgical way to address adhesions.

With her husband, massage therapist Larry Wurn, Belinda took a much deeper look at the etiology and biomechanics of adhesion formation. They found that the chemical bonds that attached each of the tiny collagen fibers to its neighbor appeared to dissipate or dissolve when placed under sustained pressure over time. With this knowledge, they developed the Wurn Technique® to unravel the bonds between the crosslinks that comprise adhesions.

The “hands-on” work practiced at Clear Passage clinics is designed to reduce or eliminate adhesions, crosslink by crosslink. It has been shown in peer-reviewed medical journals to reduce adhesions, decrease pain, and improve soft tissue mobility, without the risks of surgery or drugs.

Published Studies on the Wurn Technique® Treating Endometriosis

Treatment reduced ovulation, menstrual and intercourse pain.

Adhesions and Sexual Function

In “Increasing Orgasm and Decreasing Dyspareunia by a Manual Physical Therapy Technique,” (Wurn  et al., 2004b) we examined the improvements in female sexual function after treatment. Patients reported improvements in overall sexual function, with significant improvements in:

  • intercourse pain
  • orgasm
  • desire
  • arousal
  • lubrication
  • satisfaction

 

Adhesions: Endometriosis Pain and Sexual Function

In “Decreasing dyspareunia and dysmenorrhea in women with endometriosis via a manual physical therapy: Results from two independent studies,” (Wurn et al., 2011) we reported the results of our therapy in women with endometriosis.Patients reported a decreased pain during the course of the menstrual cycle:Patients who reported and increase in orgasm, desire, and pain reduction after treatment.

  • ovulation
  • pre-menstruation
  • menstruation

Patients also reported improvements in overall sexual function, as well as in all six individual domains of sexual function:

  • desire
  • arousal
  • lubrication
  • orgasm
  • satisfaction
  • pain with intercourse

In 2014, Clear Passage published a follow-up report in the Journal of Endometriosis, titled “Update on ‘Decreasing dyspareunia and dysmenorrhea in women with endometriosis via a manual physical therapy: Results from two independent studies.’”

This report assessed the long-term impact of the Wurn Technique on menstrual and intercourse pain in women with endometriosis. The results were excellent, showing:

  • significant reduction in menstrual pain four and 12 months post treatment, and
  • significant reduction in intercourse pain at four months and suggestive at 12 months post treatment, with 50% of patients reporting complete resolution of pain. (Rice, Patterson et al., 2014)

These statistics indicate that, when compared to the results of surgery, the Wurn Technique is at least as effective as this mainstream standard of care.

Other Treatments for Endometriosis Pain

“Women may have varying degrees of acceptance towards surgical risks or side effects of drugs, and may choose therapy instead.”
- Paolo Vercellini, MD, President of World Endometriosis Society

Some women undergo laparoscopic surgery to treat endometriosis, and the adhesions that so often form nearby...

Some women undergo laparoscopic surgery to treat endometriosis, and the adhesions that so often form nearby…

While lysis of adhesions can be effective, the surgery has two major drawbacks:

  1. it carries risks associated with anesthesia and infection, and
  2. despite the best skills of the finest surgeon, the body creates more adhesions as it heals from the surgery designed to remove them.

A study in Digestive Surgery showed that 55% to 100% of women develop adhesions following pelvic surgery. (Liakakos et al., 2001) Another study reported that 35% of all open abdominal or pelvic surgery patients were readmitted to the hospital more than twice to treat post-surgical adhesions during the 10 years after their original surgery. (Ellis et al., 1999)

Thus, abdominal surgery itself has been implicated as a major cause of adhesion formation and many patients become trapped in a cycle of surgery-adhesions-surgery – with no end in sight.

Adhesions formation rates after surgery

Many women report pain relief after surgery. Some report a recurrence of pain, or worse pain after surgery. No matter how skilled the surgeon, most pelvic surgeries cause new adhesions as the body heals from the surgery, according to medical studies. (Liakakos et al., 2001)

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By Belinda Wurn, PT, National Director of Services, Physical Therapist at Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area

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