TheraWands is so thankful to Heather Coppard (ADCHyp, GQHP, MSc Management Practice, BSc Professional Nursing Studies, Diploma Community Health Studies (Health visiting), Diploma in Adult Nursing) for sharing her amazing success story. Read her story below about how combining physiotherapy, TheraWands, and hypnotherapy lead to a great reduction in pelvic floor pain and tension. If you have a success story you would like to share, please email us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
In my early 20s I began to experience pelvic pain. It started with minor symptoms- abdominal discomfort and a couple of urinary tract infections that seemed to resolve with pain killers and antibiotics. My job as a busy nurse in emergency medicine, meant that I rarely had time to go to the toilet and got into a pattern of holding a full bladder for extended periods of time. I also unwittingly started to hold my pelvic floor muscles in a tense manner whenever I was stressed. Despite realising that my symptoms were much worse when I was stressed, I didn’t recognise the link with the pain and muscle tension and continued with these behaviour patterns. Without knowing, I was also adding to my problems by doing intense pilates without ever focusing on relaxing my pelvic floor.
This carried on for many years with worsening of symptoms until I got to the point that I was incapacitated with pain, unable to work, participate in exercise, have intercourse or even sit or walk comfortably. The intimate aspect of the pain was so personal and many of the health professionals I sought help from were unable to offer any suggestions.
Eventually, however, I was referred to an amazing physiotherapist- Fiona Harte who specialises in the management of pelvic pain. Fiona used a combination of techniques including internal trigger point work and myofascial release. Part of my therapy also required me to do daily internal work, consisting of trigger point release and gentle stretching. She suggested that I may find this easier to do with a ‘TheraWand’.
I was a little skeptical at first and concerned that it would hurt more than using fingers. I listened to her advice though and am so glad that I did. The TheraWand has made my daily routine far easier. I am able to reach the necessary muscles without difficulty and it is comfortable.
I am absolutely convinced that the TheraWand has played an enormous role in my recovery. I continue to use it daily for maintenance of my condition and can effectively manage any flare ups in-between my physiotherapy appointments. I have gone from being in extreme pain to having only occasional minor flare ups. I now recognize the early signs of muscle tension and symptoms and use the TheraWand to relax any triggers points and to assist in daily stretching.
I have also found personal benefit in using the TheraWand in conjunction with hypnotherapy to optimise its effect. I frequently use self hypnosis either during or after use of the TheraWand to enter a state of relaxation. Hypnotherapy has played a really useful role in helping me to manage pain effectively whilst treating my condition and enabling me to let go of any tension and related unhealthy ‘muscle holding patterns’. It is essential to learn how to properly relax the pelvic floor and to learn how to effectively manage our stress.
Hypnotherapy is now gaining more recognition for its potential ability to manage and reduce the pain associated with conditions including Vulvodynia, painful bladder syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction and pudendal neuralgia.
Hypnotherapy can work particularly well in conjunction with other therapies such as physiotherapy, including the use of the TheraWand. There is growing awareness of the ‘mind-body’ connection with pain and how hypnotherapy may be used to calm the nervous system and reduce pain to improve the therapeutic outcome.
Following my experience, I have retrained as a hypnotherapist and have a special interest in the management of chronic pelvic pain. I now have far greater understanding of the complexity of the condition and the need to consider it from a ‘multifactorial’ perspective. It is of course vital that the physical aspects of the condition are appropriately addressed via treatments such as physiotherapy and use of tools such as the TheraWand. Patients may also see great benefit, however, from combining such work with hypnotherapy to optimise its outcome.
ADCHyp, GQHP, MSc Management Practice, BSc Professional Nursing Studies, Diploma
Community Health Studies (Health visiting), Diploma in Adult Nursing.
Cheshire Bridge Hypnotherapy Limited