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A physical therapist asks for resource recommendations for her population of women with pelvic pain,

02 Mar
A physical therapist asks for resource recommendations for her population of women with pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and highly sensitized nervous systems, due to childbirth injuries, sexual trauma and other conditions..
Dear Belleruth,

I am a physical therapist who works with women with pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. Many have had surgeries gone wrong, childbirth injuries, sexual trauma, and many other diseases of the pelvic viscera.

As you can imagine, many have highly wound, and sensitized nervous system responses and difficult neuromuscular patterns.

I would like to get some titles that would help my patients recover energy and awareness in the pelvis, diminish muscle spasm, and normalize autonomic function. So much is involved, and I could probably pick a few tapes, but I wondered if you had any suggestions.

Thank you... Sherry



Dear Sherry,

When I read your words: "help my patients recover energy and awareness in the pelvis " I immediately thought of Suzanne Scurlock-Durana''s Healing from the Core CD Series - either the 10-Session set or the shorter version.

Another good one would be Mary Sise''s Thought Field Therapy video, which teaches some powerfully effective (if odd looking) techniques for symptom control and releasing tension and deeply lodged wounds.

I also think our Health Journeys Healing Trauma imagery would be very good for this group.

And KRS Edstrom has a marvelous CD called Defeat Pain, which includes many modalities for dealing with pain - mindfulness, breathwork, imagery and other sophisticated, effective segments.

For early sexual trauma or incest-related pain, Peter Levine''s Sexual Healing is superb.

And the sheer, breathtakingly gorgeous Rest & Relaxvideo of exquisite nature scenes by Jim Porter will provide respite from pain just by looking and experiencing these deeply meditative, seratonin-enhancing, inspiring scenes. .

I hope this helps!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award