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The Vestibulitis Diary – Part 5: Physical Therapy

6 Days Before Surgery

Vestibulitis Diaries, part 5 - Physical therapy

For the vestibulitis (VVS) I spent a little over a year in physical therapy. There is a theory that for VVS to clear, the tension needs to be relieved in the pelvic floor. Tension from the muscles, tension from the fascia, etc. The tension could come from a mis-aligned pelvis, so my physical therapist designed a therapeutic regimen to relieve tension, balance the pelvis, and lesson the daily pain.

Physical therapy was a godsend. Up until that point, I was feeling more and more pain. Tissue reacted against tissue, flare-up inspired more flare-ups. I got a tertiary muscle tension problem stemming from the previous two. It stopped the ascension of the pain. I began to level off once I learned these steps to physiological quieting. I even began to decrease the amount of pain. I went from a woman who could barely sit down to a woman who could do almost everything but direct stimulation of the vestibule.

I credit physical therapy with giving me my life back. Not literally, but definitely figuratively. I finally found something that I personally could control that would make the sensations lesson, whether or not it was the new kind of focus it gave me or the ability to quiet the muscles a reduce feedback loop pain. It was the first success that I could grasp on to and build from.

I learned many skills, but ultimately the theory did not work for me to cure the VVS. I had taken care of the tertiary problem and did not get any worse but the VVS did not specifically get better. On one of my last visits my physical therapist and I used the biofeedback sensor to measure the tension, and the muscle tension lowered right away to a level that was below my target. We both felt pretty proud. Later, we did other work and disturbed the vestibule. We tried the sensor again and the tension shot up again and I couldn’t will my self to bring the tension down (no matter how hard I furrowed my brow) we agreed that although I made great strides, the VVS was better taken care of with different measures.

 

Next entry: The Death of Sexy

This is the story of Arashi, visual artist, writer and sex-positive vestibulitis patient and her surgical choice to heal her condition.


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