The Wise-Anderson Protocol offers patients suffering from what is commonly diagnosed as prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome a protocol that has been shown to improve sexual function and increase overall quality of life. This method differs from the conventional treatment, which involves the use of antibiotics, alpha blockers, and/or anti-inflammatories as it involves neither drugs nor surgery.
Beginning their work in 1995 and first publishing results on this subject in 2006, Rodney Anderson, MD and David Wise, PhD, and colleagues published their findings in the Journal of Urology in a study entitled ‘Sexual Dysfunction in Men with Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: Improvement After Trigger Point Release and Paradoxical Relaxation Training.’ The team treated 146 men at Stanford University’s Department of Urology who had been suffering from chronic pelvic pain for at least a month. 92% of these patients were suffering from sexual dysfunction, with symptoms including pain during sex and general loss of libido. Five months into the treatment with the Wise-Anderson Protocol, sexual function had improved by an average of 82% in those who responded to inquiries about their functioning.
The Wise-Anderson Protocol treats chronic pelvic pain syndromes in which there is tenderness in the muscles of the pelvic floor and related symptoms through a combination of physical therapy self-treatment and a specific anxiety-reduction protocol called Paradoxical Relaxation. The paradigm of the Wise-Anderson Protocol treats a specific kind of pelvic pain, generically called pelvic floor dysfunction, caused by the repetitive, chronic tightening of the muscles of the pelvis. Typically triggered by chronic anxiety or sometimes by an insult to the pelvis, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome can continue for years if untreated. Painful trigger points and muscle restriction in the pelvis can cause a cycle of tension, anxiety, pain, and protective guarding that gives the condition a life of its own.
The Wise-Anderson Protocol is designed for patients suffering with diagnoses ranging from prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, levator ani syndrome, interstitial cystitis, pudendal neuralgia, coccydynia, chronic proctalgia, and pelvic floor dysfunction. It continues to be offered to eligible patients in a 6-day clinic of intensive training teaching patients to treat both the local and systemic aspects of these disorders.
The Protocol’s aim is to train patients in self-treatment to reduce their symptoms by allowing the healing of sore and irritated pelvic muscles. Conventional medications such as alpha blockers, anti-inflammatories, and antibiotics tend to be ineffective when the source of the pain is found in the painful internal muscles. Patients can be trained to help physically release areas of spasm and painful muscle contractions-both externally and internally. The Protocol includes using the FDA approved Internal Trigger Point Wand, a device for patient self-treatment to release internal trigger points in those with chronic pelvic pain.
David Wise, PhD, together with Rodney Anderson, MD co-authored the book, A Headache in the Pelvis, now in its 6th edition. The results of the Wise-Anderson Protocol have been presented at the International Continence Society, the American Urological Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association, among other professional groups.
Wise-Anderson Protocol — The Necessity of Reducing Anxiety in Successful Treatment of Pelvic Pain: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wise-anderson-protocol-necessity-reducing-005003594.html
Wise-Anderson Protocol — Study Shows Reduced Need for Medication in Pelvic Pain Patients: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSnMKWSz6RWa+1e6+MKW20160502