I am experiencing symptoms of pudendal neuralgia, can your program help?
By: Dr. Brianne Grogan, PT, DPT
YES, Overcome Pelvic Pain is a wonderfully supportive program for symptoms of pudendal neuralgia. The stretches and relaxation techniques help relax the muscles that surround the pudendal nerve, thereby releasing impingement and easing pressure that can irritate the pudendal nerve. The deep relaxation poses and mindset trainings -- and the nutrition component of the Overcome program -- help to lower inflammation, which further reduces pudendal nerve irritation. Please note that these conservative treatments may take several weeks to fully take effect. However; unlike a medication, they aren't "covering up" the pain... rather, they are actually treating the root cause of the pain.
I also encourage you to sit up straight (in other words, don't slouch and tuck your bum under), and/or stand up more often to take pressure off the pudendal nerve. Moving regularly throughout the day is key rather than getting "stuck" in one position! You can combine your movement breaks with "pelvic drop" breaks (which are described in the Overcome program).
Overcome works well on its own for symptoms of pudendal neuralgia, although some people use the program in combination with other types of therapeutic treatment such as a pudendal nerve block. Everyone is different, and you can talk to your doctor about what's best for your particular needs!
Personally, I feel that starting with the least invasive treatment is best (i.e. Overcome). Go through the program for a few weeks, take things slow, see how you feel, and add other treatment modalities only if needed.
To sum it up, reducing pelvic floor tension and down-training your nervous system will be helpful for all of your symptoms. This is the exact purpose and goal of Overcome when it's used as directed.
What if I don't just feel pain, but also sexual arousal and a stimulation of these areas (vagina or penis, anus, etc.)?
To speak to your question of sexual arousal and stimulation, this could be a result of pudendal neuralgia (which can cause sensitivity and even a swollen feeling in your genital area), or it could be due to a condition known as Persistent Genital Arousal Syndrome (PGAD). PGAD is not well-understood, but it appears to be related -- at least in part -- to tense and overly active pelvic floor muscles... and so, again, the exercises/stretches and relaxation techniques in Overcome Pelvic Pain will be helpful for that as well.