Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction

1st Edition

Practical Physical Medicine


  • Leon Chaitow
  • Ruth Jones
  • Key Features

    • Offers practical, validated, and clinically relevant information to all practitioners and therapists working in the field
    • Edited by two acknowledged experts in the field of pelvic pain to complement each other’s approach and understanding of the disorders involved
    • Carefully prepared by a global team of clinically active and research oriented contributors to provide helpful and clinically relevant information
    • Abundant use of pull-out boxes, line artwork, photographs and tables facilitates ease of understanding
    • Contains an abundance of clinical cases to ensure full understanding of the topics explored
    • Focuses on the need for an integrated approach to patient care
    • Includes an appendix based on recent European Guidelines regarding the nature of the condition(s) and of the multiple aetiological and therapeutic models associated with them
    • Contains a bonus DVD presenting film clips of the manual therapy, biofeedback and rehabilitation techniques involved

    Table of Contents

    1. An Introduction to Chronic Pelvic Pain & Associated Symptoms
    2. The Anatomy of Pelvic Pain
    3. Chronic Pain Mechanisms
    4. Psychophysiology and Pelvic Pain
    5. Gender and Chronic Pelvic Pain
    6. Musculoskeletal Causes and the Contribution of Sport to the Evolution of Chronic Lumbo-Pelvic Pain
    7. The Role of Clinical Reasoning in the Differential Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain
    8. Multispeciality and Multidisciplinary Practice - a UK Pain Medicine Perspective
    9. Multispeciality and Multidisciplinary Practice - a US Physical Medicine Perspective
    10. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Nutrition
    11. Breathing and Chronic Pelvic Pain: Connections and Rehabilitation Features
    12. Biofeedback in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Essential Pelvic Pain Disorders
    13. Soft Tissue Manipulation Approaches to Chronic Pelvic Pain (External)
    14. Connective Tissue and the Pudendal Nerve in Chronic Pelvic Pain
    15. Evaluation and Pelvic Floor Management of Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes
    16. Practical Anatomy, Examination, Palpation and Manual Therapy Release Techniques for the Pelvic Floor
    17. Patients with Pelvic Girdle Pain – An Osteopathic Perspective
    18. Intramuscular Manual Therapy: Dry Needling
    19. Electrotherapy and Hydrotherapy in Chronic Pelvic Pain


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    About the authors

    Leon Chaitow

    Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Registered Osteopath and Naturopath; Honorary Fellow and Former Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK; Fellow, British Naturopathic Association.; Fellow, College of Osteopaths, UK

    Ruth Jones

    Dr Ruth Lovegrove Jones combines the disciplines of international research, writing and education alongside her role as a clinician. She is the author of over 20 peer reviewed articles and is a reviewer for a number of medical journals. She has given over 30 keynote or invited presentations at interdisciplinary meetings in 15 countries and provides professional education in pain, pelvic floor and movement sciences to medical and health practitioners. She has worked in private practice for the last 20 years, establishing a multidisciplinary clinic for pain management, sports medicine and pelvic floor rehabilitation working with elite athletes as well as the more sedentary type. She has a particular interest in chronic pain & the management of complicated pain patients who've "been there...done that". She was awarded a PhD from University of Southampton, UK working collaboratively with a team of urologists, physicists and engineers at Stanford University, California, USA to evaluate the dynamic function of the pelvic floor muscles in women using 2D ultrasound and novel image processing methods.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Physiotherapist and Lecturer: External Lecturer at Southampton University, UK; Former Research Specialist at Stanford University California, USA