Women with chronic pelvic pain and their experiences with Norwegian psychomotor physiotherapy

This research project is a qualitative study on women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and their experiences with Norwegian Psychomotor Physiotherapy (NPMP) treatment.

"Pubertet" av Edvard Munch Foto: Nasjonalmuseet/ Lathion, Jacques

The data material is based on video-filming at onset and approximately 6 months into their treatment period, in addition to semi-structured interviews. The included participants are eight Norwegian women from urban areas in the northern, middle, and southern part of Norway, aged 19–56 years. In addition to pain, they all have multiple symptoms from their pelvic area and larger parts of their body, including distress considered to be of psychological origin.

The first of three papers on this material focus on the participants' experiences of how their troubled life events are perceived to be linked to their complex bodily distress.

In the second paper we focus on how women with CPP experience Norwegian Psychomotor Physiotherapy as helpful.

The third paper will be based on analysis of the films and the participants experiences of changes in their posture and in their ways of moving post treatment.

The PhD student Cathrine Boge-Olsnes is a NPMP therapist with extensive clinical experience in treating patients with CPP. 

Main supervisor: Gunn Kristin Øberg

Co-supervisor: Mette Bech Risør

Publications from the project: 

How life events are perceived to link to bodily distress: A qualitative study of women with chronic pelvic pain https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2022.2087076


Cathrine Maria Boge-Olsnes (Principal investigator)
Gunn Kristin Øberg