Pemberton • Whistler
Sports Injuries • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy • Dry Needling • Acupuncture • Visceral Therapy


Vaginismus occurs when there are involuntary contractions of the muscles in the outer third of the vagina. These contractions often interfere with sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, etc. This condition or these contractions are often recurrent. There are two types of vaginismus, primary and secondary.

Primary Vaginismus: when a woman has never been able to have pain free intercourse due to pelvic floor muscle spasm

Secondary Vaginismus: pain that develops sometimes later in life after a traumatic event such as childbirth, surgery, or a medical condition

How Angela Simpson Physiotherapy can help you:

  • Provide a differential diagnosis exam, as this condition may be similar or overlap with other pelvic floor pain syndromes
  • Educate the client about the condition and why it might be occurring, and reoccurring
  • Teach the client various strategies for getting the muscles to relax
  • Use manual therapy to release the muscles either externally and/or internally that are causing the contractions
  • Use acupuncture, to aid with pain relief
  • Use acupuncture dry needling to release muscles around the pelvis that are tight and short, and may be contributing to the contractions
  • Teach the client posture strategies that may help to relax the muscles that are contracting involuntarily
  • Teach the client appropriate timing of the contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles