Virtual Event

Journal Club Webinar | You need the brain to treat pelvic pain with Bert Messelink

Will air on February 26, 2022 | 11:00am EDT

This webinar will be recorded and be available for replay after it airs.

Pelvic pain is a special form of pain because it is related to private functions like peeing, pooping, and having sex. Pelvic pain is also nothing more than pain and needs to be treated like that. The brain is the organ that makes pain and should therefore be treated to get control over the pain.

Topics Covered:

Chronic Pelvic Pain including
* The functional aspects
* The physical aspects
* The role of the brain
* Treatment algorithms
* Self-management and relapse prevention

Research Links

European Association of Urology Guideline on Chronic Pelvic Pain.


Bert Messelink, urologist-certified sexologist
I am a urologist and from the start of my working life in urology, I was interested in functional problems. I have put my energy into helping to develop a multidisciplinary approach to pelvic floor problems. That started 25 years ago and it is great to see that this approach has become the golden standard. Later on, I met people dealing with pelvic pain and joined them in their activities. This has resulted in being the vice-chairman of the European Association of Urology guidelines on chronic pelvic pain. In my home country, I am chairman of the committee that wrote the first guideline on CPP. I am one of the editors of the book Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, based on the first World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain (2013). At the moment I’m still working as a urologist-sexologist and seeing many patients with pelvic pain and sexual problems in our multidisciplinary pelvic pain clinic

Connect with Bert

Twitter: @BertMesselink / @buikbekkenpijn


The Journal Club is a member-led group sponsored by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT). It is open to PTs, PTAs, SPTs and other medical health professionals who are interested in discussing the latest evidence and research to advance practice.

The free webinars usually take place monthly and last about one hour. The format is typically a moderated discussion with a question and answer segment to allow for real-time engagement and clinical discussion. Registration is required and recordings are sent to registrants who cannot attend live. Archives of past events can be found here.

Disclaimer: The JWHPT promotes scholarly discussion and clinical dissemination of best available evidence; Journal Club presenter’s are responsible for the accuracy of the content. Ideas and opinions expressed may not be those of the Academy of Pelvic Health and JWHPT.