Vulvodynia is a gynaecological disease characterised by chronic pain in the vulva and the tissues surrounding access to the vagina.
Sometimes, this disease may involve only the clitoris, the vaginal entrance, the urethral orifice, up to affecting internal organs such as the bladder or the entire urethra. The chronic vulvar pain that characterises the disorder is typically associated with severe burning, dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse) and redness; only rarely is it accompanied by other lesions that can be observed macroscopically.
The pain associated with vulvodynia occurs, in most cases, during the sexual act, but can also occur spontaneously, perhaps associated with some movement, when the patient sits or walks. This painful symptomatology is not necessarily only provoked or only spontaneous: it can manifest itself in both ways in the same patient.
Despite being a frequently encountered condition, vulvodynia may be diagnosed late, as well as untreated for years, because it is underestimated (note: it is considered an “invisible” disease) and perceived as difficult to deal with. It is no coincidence that for a long time vulvodynia was classified as a “psychosomatic disease” or even “psychogenic”: in reality, this interpretation is obsolete, since it is a disease with a solid biological basis that falls within the gynaecological sphere, which can be effectively managed with an appropriate treatment protocol.
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How it is resolved
Vulvodynia does not resolve naturally and is a condition that significantly impairs the patient’s quality of life, particularly in the couple and sexual sphere.
Treatment for vulvodynia must therefore be multidisciplinary and customised according to the complaints manifested by the patient and her specific clinical condition. The treatment of vulvodynia can therefore involve various approaches to make the painful sensations less frequent and disabling. The most effective therapeutic combination is always customised by the doctor according to predisposing factors, severity and duration of symptoms. With the establishment of a targeted and comprehensive treatment protocol, it is possible to recover within a few months.
Today, there are technological therapies that are used to treat this type of problem, especially its consequences of hypertone.
As a result of the abnormal perception of pain, the bundles contract and the perception of pain increases. There is therefore a situation of continuous contraction called hypertone.
A very effective therapy is magnetotherapy with Dr. Arnold: a lounge chair that emits electromagnetic waves that re-educate the pelvic floor. It selectively stimulates muscle bundles inducing very intense contractions without any pain or discomfort.
Patients sit dressed and the problem is solved in just a few sessions.
Muscle contractions and relaxations induce a loosening of the muscle tone until the tissue is rebalanced and pain is relieved.
During the treatment, the patient feels the contraction of muscles that are mostly unknown. This is why we talk about re-educational treatment and rehabilitation.
The hypertonus protocol tends to relax the muscles, inducing them to relax.