Over the past few years, mindfulness practises have gained popularity in the media. Perhaps it is because of the growing body of research supporting the health benefits of mindfulness or perhaps it is simply because those that practice mindfulness are personally experiencing the value of being present and mindful throughout the day.
First, I want to thank everyone for their support and I can't wait to see everyone and meet new faces in our Nation’s Capital, Washington DC, this October 12-16, 2017 for our 1st IPPS-sponsored and U.S.-based World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Conference.
Trying to figure out the “cause” of most chronic pain conditions is never simple. Often, the original cause has long resolved, disappeared, or was a mystery to begin with. And it really isn’t as simple as finding that “one thing” that “caused” the issue and that — if identified — can be “fixed” such that a “complete cure” can be expected. It’s unfortunate that it isn’t that simple.
In October I had the privilege of presenting at the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting. During one of the presentations, a discussion ensued regarding the term contracture. The discussion was centered on whether or not the pelvic floor could ever be in a state of contracture. Given the confusion that was evident during this discussion, I thought a review of the muscle physiology associated with skeletal muscle contracture would be useful to our membership.
Vulvodynia is a condition in which women experience chronic vulvar pain that can be localized to one particular area, or occurs as a generalized burning that encompassed the entire vulva region. As one can imagine, it is intensely debilitating and stigmatizing. In fact, we’ve shown that 30% of women suffering from vulvar pain fail to talk with their partner about their pain, and nearly 60% choose not to confide in, and seek the support of close family members.