I was invited to speak at King Edward Memorial Hospital about how yoga can help women with pelvic pain. While there are demonstrated physiological benefits to yoga, such as reducing cortisol, enhancing internal body awareness and improving digestion, I’d like to write about some of the educative components Finding Yoga would consider in the design of a specific pelvic pain program.
1. Absence of pain does not guarantee wellness
When asked to name their clients’ biggest challenges, practitioners at KEMH listed everyday living, having fulfilling roles, finding pleasure and acceptance. You'll note that none are specifically about the physiological sensation of pain. They all relate to mental concepts of the experience of pain.
Vanessa was told she had Pudendal Neuralgia, which had given her seven years of excruciating pelvic pain that made it impossible for her to sit. Pudendal neuralgia is inflammation and compression of the pudendal nerve in the pelvis. While considered rare, it can occur after childbirth or trauma to the pelvis.
Vanessa attended Yoga for Pain and learnt to manage her pain, reduce visits to the physio, and do things she never dreamed possible.