Patients who have chosen to be trained in the Wise-Anderson Protocol have typically exhausted all conventional treatment methods for their chronic pain and dysfunction of what is sometimes called pelvic floor dysfunction. They often live in quiet desperation with a significantly reduced quality of life. Those who have come for training in the Wise-Anderson Protocol have commonly reported that “the doctor could not find anything wrong with me, yet I am still in pain.” Almost universally, these patients report that the conventional remedies previously offered no lasting relief.
The vast majority of those with pelvic floor dysfunction do not exhibit a pathology that can be diagnosed by conventional methods such as CT Scan, x-ray, ultrasound, or blood or urine testing. These men and women complain of a variety of distressing symptoms, including urinary frequency and urgency, pain in the genitals, rectum, abdomen, lower back and pelvic floor, discomfort during or after sexual activity; and discomfort from sitting. The ability to connect the dots between the symptoms and cause of pelvic floor dysfunction requires a careful review of the patient’s history and most particularly manually examining the pelvic floor for myofascial/trigger point pain, and having clinical experience in successfully helping those with muscle based pelvic pain.
There is no single subspecialty that equips doctors with the training developed by the Wise-Anderson Protocol to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. Correctly diagnosing the problem of pelvic floor dysfunction requires an understanding of its neuromuscular basis and the doctor’s ability to locate and palpate trigger points and areas of restriction inside and outside the pelvic floor. The tools of conventional treatments – namely drugs, surgery, and a variety of procedures – offer little relief from pelvic floor dysfunction. In contrast, the Wise-Anderson Protocol addresses both the underlying cause of the condition of a chronically aroused nervous system and pelvic muscles that have been a slave to the anxious, inner core tightening these patients exhibit. A frightened child can respond by tightly grasping a mother’s leg for protection. Pelvic floor dysfunction involves the inner child of the patient responding to stress by clinging and grasping – in the form of tightening up their pelvic muscles, often for many years.
Developed between 1995 and 2003 by David Wise, PhD and Rodney Anderson, MD, the Wise-Anderson Protocol grew out of the observation that most people with pelvic pain in which no pathology can be identified respond to stress by tightening up the pelvic floor, not unlike a child’s nervous grasp. Over time the pelvic muscles stay contracted and become chronically painful. The method of the Wise-Anderson Protocol focuses on the rehabilitation of the chronically tightened muscles of the pelvic floor and a practice of relaxing the pelvis in response to life’s stresses. The Wise-Anderson Protocol treats both the local pelvic symptoms and the systemic nervous system arousal components of pelvic floor pain disorders. The program is offered monthly in 6-day clinics in California. The purpose of these clinics is to train patients in self-treatment to release their chronically contracted pelvic floor muscles, as well as reduce their normally heighted anxiety and nervous system arousal. Typically, over the course of one to two years, many patients diligently practicing this method can regain a quality of life that had previously been eclipsed by chronic pain and anxiety. To learn more about the Wise-Anderson Protocol, visit www.pelvicpainhelp.com.
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 — The Trigger Point Wand Proven to Help Pelvic Pain: http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/wise-anderson-protocol-the-trigger-point-wand-proven-to-help-pelvic-pain/ar-BBrNVx6