We Treat Endometriosis Pain Naturally
Clear Passage Physical Therapy® 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 work treating endometriosis and intercourse pain have been published in some of the world’s most respected 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.
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.
Two of our studies (summarized below) attracted the attention of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) who asked us to present our findings to its several physician members in the fall of 2006. The abstracts were published in Fertility and Sterility (9/06).
We know adhesions well. We faced this situation 20 years ago when the physical therapist director of Clear Passage Physical Therapy®, 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 Physical Therapy® 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.
Three Published Studies on the Wurn Technique® Treating Endometriosis
Adhesions: Endometriosis Pain Study
- intercourse pain
Results showed that our non-surgical therapy decreased pain at all times during the menstrual cycle. The greatest improvements were shown at (typically) the most painful times – during menstruation and sexual intercourse.
Adhesions: Endometriosis Sexual Function Study
In “Improving sexual function in patients with endometriosis via a pelvic physical therapy,”2 we reported the results of our therapy in women with endometriosis on the six domains of sexual function measurable by science:
Following therapy, patients reported improvements in all six areas, and overall. The greatest improvements were in intercourse pain (93% of patients reported decreased pain).
Larger Study: Period Pain, Intercourse Pain, Sexual Function Improvements in Women with Endometriosis
A more comprehensive study in the Journal of Endometriosis (2011) showed that the Wurn Technique® produced significant improvements in menstrual cycle pain and in all domains of sexual function, including intercourse pain.3
“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
Drugs have been prescribed to suppress the growth of endometriosis and associated pain. However, these medications are not a long-term solution and many of them interfere with fertility. Until recently, the only choice medical science has offered to treat adhesions from endometriosis is a surgical procedure called “lysis of adhesions.”
While lysis of adhesions can be effective, the surgery has two major drawbacks:
- 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.4 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.5
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.
- Rier SE, Martin DC, Bowman RE, Becker JL. Immunoresponsiveness in Endometriosis: Implications of Estrogenic Toxicants. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1995; 103 (Supp 7): 151-156. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
- What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis Association. http://www.endometriosisassn.org/endo.html.
- Wurn LJ, Wurn BF, King CR, Scharf ES. Decreasing Dyspareunia and Dysmenorrhea in Women with Endometriosis via a Manual Physical Therapy. Journal of Endometriosis. 2011; 3 (4): 188-196. Abstract.
- What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis? U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. http://www.4woman.gov/faq/endomet.htm#b.
- Ellis H, Moran BJ, Thompson JN, Parker MC, Wilson MS, Menzies D, McGuire A, Lower AM, Hawthorn RJ, O’Brien F, Buchan S, Crowe AM. Adhesion-related hospital readmissions after abdominal and pelvic surgery: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet Br J Med. 1999; 353: 1476-80. PMID 10232313.
By Belinda Wurn, PT, National Director of Services, Physical Therapist at Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area