The Role of Osteopathic Pelvic Floor Therapy in Managing Sexual Dysfunction

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The Role of Osteopathic Pelvic Floor Therapy in Managing Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual health is a fundamental part of human life, bringing joy, connection, and fulfillment.

However, sexual dysfunction can impact individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, causing distress and affecting overall well-being.

Today, we want to shed light on the vital role that pelvic floor therapy plays in addressing sexual health concerns.

Through this informative article, we aim to empower individuals, promote understanding, and offer hope for those seeking support.

Let’s dive in!


Understanding Sexual Dysfunction:

Sexual dysfunction refers to persistent issues that hinder an individual’s ability to experience satisfaction during sexual activity. For females, this can manifest in various ways, such as dyspareunia (pain during intercourse), anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm), or a lack of desire or arousal.

While psychological and emotional factors are often associated with sexual dysfunction, it’s important to recognize the significant role that physical aspects play in this complex condition.


The Pelvic Floor Connection:

The pelvic floor, a group of muscles, ligaments, and tissues located in the pelvis, plays a vital role in sexual function. These muscles support the pelvic organs, control bladder and bowel movements, and contribute to sexual response.

When the pelvic floor becomes weakened, tense, or imbalanced, it can negatively impact sexual health.


The Role of Pelvic Floor Therapy:

Pelvic floor therapy, offered by trained osteopaths, takes a holistic approach to sexual function by considering the interplay between physical, psychological, and social factors influencing sexual health.

A pelvic floor therapist conducts an initial assessment that involves discussing the individual’s medical history, symptoms, and concerns.

They may also perform physical examinations, including internal and external assessments of the pelvic floor muscles, to identify any underlying causes contributing to sexual dysfunction.


Personalised Treatment Techniques:

Once the underlying causes are identified, the pelvic floor therapist develops a personalized treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. This plan may involve a combination of therapeutic techniques aimed at addressing pelvic floor dysfunction. Some of these techniques may include:

  1. Pelvic floor muscle training: Specific exercises to strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles, restoring their balance and function.
  2. Manual therapy: Techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, or joint mobilizations to alleviate muscle tension, improve blood flow, and promote healing.
  3. Education and behavioral strategies: Guidance on healthy sexual practices, effective communication, stress management techniques, and relaxation exercises to enhance overall sexual well-being.
  4. Collaborative care: Coordinating with other healthcare professionals, such as psychologists or gynecologists, to address the multifaceted nature of sexual dysfunction and provide comprehensive support.


Empowering Individuals and Destigmatizing Sexual Dysfunction:

Sexual dysfunction can be a sensitive and deeply personal issue, often surrounded by shame, embarrassment, or misinformation.

Pelvic floor therapists play a crucial role in destigmatizing these concerns by providing a safe and empathetic environment for individuals to address their sexual health challenges.

Through collaboration, education, and personalized care, pelvic floor therapy empowers individuals to explore and embrace their bodies, enhancing their overall quality of life and intimate relationships.



Sexual dysfunction is a complex issue that can impact individuals from all walks of life.

Pelvic floor therapy, offered by skilled osteopaths, brings a unique perspective to the table by addressing the physical aspects of sexual dysfunction and working in tandem with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care.

If you or someone you know is struggling with sexual health concerns, we encourage you to share this information and consider seeking the support of one of our pelvic health Osteopaths during a Pelvic Health Consultation (you can book online here).

Together, let’s embrace sexual well-being and create a positive impact on our intimate lives.