Dysmenorrhea: Managing the Monster

This is a presentation I recently gave for the Fascial Manipulation Association’s Wednesday Webinar series. It is a one hour version adapted from the 2 hour presentation given at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting held in February 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.

Dysmenorrhea is defined as the pain and cramping associated with the menstrual cycle. My hope in creating this presentation is to broaden awareness of how many girls/women suffer with dysmenorrhea as well as a host of other menstrual disorders, and how much can be done to help! As with most problems, early intervention is pivotal. You can access the presentation HERE. You can also read more about menstrual disorders HERE.

multiple menstrual meds
The variety of medications for addressing menstrual symptoms attests to the severity and enormity of the problem, as well as the market potential.

I hope you find these resources helpful for you or someone else, and thanks for watching as well as sharing this information.

Wishing you health and joy,


Published by Colleen Murphy Whiteford

I am a physiotherapist, graduate of Saint Louis University Class of 1984. I married my best friend and business partner, Bill, who is also a physiotherapist, in 1988. We have worked together all these years - an example of God's grace! Together we started Appalachian Physical Therapy which continues to thrive. I am a big believer in the power of touch, the manual therapies, and treating holistically. There are many alternatives to medications, surgeries, and testing, but people are often uninformed. My perspective emphasizes the role of the connective tissues including the fascia. Lack of attention to this structure is the source of many physical ailments - our bodies are truly fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)! I am passionate about helping people of all ages and diagnoses maximize their health, and empowering them to understand their role in management and prevention of problems.

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