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.
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.
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.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 FunctionIn “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. Specially, we examined sexual function and pain during their menstrual cycle.
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
“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
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. (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.
By Belinda Wurn, PT, National Director of Services, Physical Therapist at Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area