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Trigger Point Wand eases CPPS
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:40 am
Trigger Point Wand Eases Chronic Pelvic Pain
May 23, 2011 (Washington, DC) — An internal therapeutic trigger point wand can help relieve the pelvic muscle tenderness that commonly occurs in patients with urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome (UCPPS), according to data released here at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting.
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, found that patients with chronic pelvic pain refractory to standard therapies had marked improvement when they used a wand to self-treat painful internal myofascial trigger points in the pelvic floor. What's more, the treatment was shown to be safe.
Pelvic muscle trigger point sensitivity data were available in 111 patients. Their baseline median pelvic muscle sensitivity score on the 10-point visual analog scale was 7.5, which had decreased significantly to 4 at 6 months (P < .001). Ninety-five of the 111 patients, or 87%, had at least some reduction in sensitivity after 6 months
After only 6 months, a 46% drop in pain! Not bad.
Re: Trigger Point Wand eases CPPS
Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:53 am
Self-massage shows benefit in CP/CPPS patients with myofascial pain
May 19, 2011 Urology Times Daily Meeting Report
Men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) can be do-it-yourselfers when it comes to treating the myofascial component of their pain. And that may mean that the men with a phenotype of muscle tenderness—which may be 60% of CP/CPPS patients—could get significant relief and save money.
Many clinicians who specialize in treating the urologic pelvic pain syndromes have seen the value of physical therapy of the pelvic floor for their patients’ pain, and the approach has proven its mettle in a clinical trial in interstitial cystitis patients.
But regular physical therapy, which is often not covered by insurance, can be out of financial reach for many sufferers. Physical therapists have responded by helping patients learn to massage their own pelvic floor muscle trigger points with internal massage tools. Now, there’s evidence that this do-it-yourself approach works.
"Once you find these trigger points, you get a good return on treatment without drugs or surgery," Rodney Anderson, MD, of Stanford University, Stanford, CA, told Urology Times.
He and psychologist David Wise, PhD, have developed and tested a device that helps men massage these muscle trigger points internally. In the physical therapy component of Dr. Anderson and Dr. Wise’s treatment program, they map the pelvic floor trigger points and train patients to massage them internally with a j-shaped, rigid wand made of Ultem plastic. The wand integrates an algometer that measures applied point pressure to prevent patients from using excessive or dangerous force.
Patients used the wand two to three times per week for 5 to 10 minutes and were followed up at 1 and 6 months. Ninety-five percent (106/111) reported the therapy was very or moderately effective in relieving pain. Their average assessments of pelvic floor pain on a scale of 1 to 10 dropped from 7.5 at baseline to 4 at 6 months; 39% of patients reported a greater than 50% reduction in pelvic muscle sensitivity.
Re: Trigger Point Wand eases CPPS
Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:03 am
The Wise-Anderson Protocol Wand is now FDA Approved!
Spoke to Dr Wise yesterday. This is what I gleaned from our conversation:
- The Wise-Anderson Protocol internal trigger point wand has been approved by the FDA and can be purchased in the US. It is by prescription and someone buying it must have training in its use.
- If someone is interested in buying the pelvic pain kit in Europe, which includes the wand, they have to be instructed in the wand's use by someone trained to do this kind of instruction. For those in Europe, they have trained PT's in Holland to whom they can refer people.
- In June 2012 in Holland, there will be a symposium and training in the scientific basis and techniques of the Wise Anderson Protocol given by Dr. Wise, Tim Sawyer and professional colleagues who are experts in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain syndromes in order to to offer further training to European colleagues and to interact with and train European PTs. At this time it is under consideration to have an open session/meeting with CPPS patients who can attend to learn more about recent developments in the field, and hear European specialist PTs who will also attend. Interested people should notify Dr Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org of their possible attendance well in advance.