We Treat Endometriosis Pain Naturally
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 first 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 in 2006. The group published a citation on this work in Fertility and Sterility, the primary journal of all reproductive physicians in the USA.
Studies on our work published in the prestigious Journal of Endometriosis show menstrual pain decreases after CP therapy were virtually identical to surgical results, even a year after therapy (the same follow-up period as surgical studies.) Of course, there was the advantage that our patients avoided the risks of surgery, including risks from anesthesia, inadvertent enterotomy (cutting into a nearby organ by mistake), and the common occurrence of post-surgical adhesions. Unlike surgery, published studies in that journal and others showed our therapy decreased intercourse pain with nearly every patient, and improved sexual function (desire, orgasm, lubrication) in most patients. Study results for improving sexual function are available by clicking here.
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
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
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 also reported improvements in overall sexual function, as well as in all six individual domains of sexual function:
- 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.
“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
- it carries risks associated with anesthesia and infection, and
- 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.