Can physical therapy help painful sex?

Can physical therapy help painful sex?
Can physical therapy help painful sex?

Can physical therapy help painful sex is a common question we get as pelvic health physical therapists.

Yes, physical therapy can be beneficial in addressing and alleviating painful sex, especially when the pain is related to musculoskeletal or pelvic floor issues.

Physical therapy for sexual pain is often referred to as pelvic floor physical therapy or pelvic rehabilitation therapy.

Here’s how physical therapy can help with painful sex:

  1. Assessment: A pelvic floor physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation to identify the underlying causes of painful sex. This assessment may include an examination of pelvic floor muscles, posture, flexibility, and muscle strength.
  2. Muscle Rehabilitation: If muscle tension or weakness is contributing to the pain, the therapist can develop a personalized exercise program to target and rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises can help improve muscle tone and function.
  3. Manual Therapy: Physical therapists may use techniques such as manual therapy or myofascial release to address muscle tightness or trigger points in the pelvic area.
  4. Education: Patients receive education on anatomy, relaxation techniques, and strategies for improving posture and body mechanics during sex.
  5. Biofeedback: Some physical therapists use biofeedback technology to help patients gain awareness and control over their pelvic floor muscles.
  6. Pain Management: Therapists can provide pain management techniques and strategies to reduce discomfort during sex.
  7. Behavioral Strategies: If psychological factors contribute to the pain, therapists can offer strategies to address anxiety, stress, or emotional factors that may affect sexual function.
  8. Support and Communication: Physical therapists create a supportive and non-judgmental environment for patients to discuss their concerns and work collaboratively on solutions.


It’s important to remember that the effectiveness of physical therapy for painful sex can vary depending on the underlying causes of the pain.

Consulting with a healthcare provider, preferably one who specializes in sexual health or pelvic floor issues, is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

They can assess your condition and recommend whether physical therapy or other treatments are suitable for your specific situation.

Treatment options for dyspareunia

Pelvic floor physical therapy is valuable for those who experience dyspareunia. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their health.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in pelvic floor physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Women’s Health Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!