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The Wise-Anderson Protocol

Stanford's Intensive Program for Diagnosis & Treatment of Tension-related Pelvic Pain

Please visit our forum for information about the Six day Comprehensive Pelvic Pain Intensive Clinics for the Wise-Anderson Treatment Protocol. Further explanation of this treatment protocol is found in the important recent book, "A Headache in the Pelvis" (see box at left). If you are interested in this intensive program can email Dr David Wise or call him at +1 (707) 874-2225.

One patient's experience with relaxation therapy is recounted here.

Dr Wise commented (October

There are a handful of physical therapists who do some form of trigger point release in the United States. Physical therapy, by itself, however is an incomplete treatment as it does not address the habitual nature of the chronic tensing so characteristic of prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. While I know of no one specializing in the relaxation of the pelvic floor component of our treatment, I offer a training course for the relaxation of the pelvis in the form of a cassette recorded series of 30 lessons and consultation over the phone or internet.

Dr. Jeanette Potts at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio (216 445-7801) is sympathetic to our approach and treats prostatitis in a way that is most akin to our own approach. There is some interest in the kind of work we do at the University of Washington but I don’t know the details of their treatment protocol. We know of no one to whom we can comfortably refer patients outside of the United States who offer our entire protocol and can guide patients through it.

Dr. Rodney Anderson and I have just completed a new book describing our approach in detail called A Headache in the Pelvis: A New Perspective and Treatment for Prostatitis and Other Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes which will be available relatively soon. While our book is written for patients, we hope its clear exposition of our approach may prompt professionals who treat pelvic pain to adopt our perspective and learn our methodology.

When we have presented our work to scientific meetings of doctors who do research or treat prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndromes, we have had very little interest in our protocol. I think the reason for this is both economic and ideological. These are strong obstacles to making our treatment more widely available.

Dr. Anderson at Stanford is now applying to the National Institute of Health in Washington to have our treatment protocol standardized in a national trial in 10-12 centers in the United States. If this occurs, our protocol will be available on a standard basis in other parts of the country.

In the interim, an intensive program is offered for patients who wish to come to California for treatment. Patients can contact me for further information.

I myself had prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome for over 20 years and have been symptom free for many years as the result of using the protocol we have developed at Stanford. I am grateful for being out of pain every day. I know the suffering of men with this condition and have devoted myself to making our treatment known and available.

If I can help you further, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

David Wise, Ph.D.

Note: Dr Wise does not endorse any other product advertised at this site

Webmaster's note: In Europe, the German Dr. Günthert (Munich) and in Switzerland Ricky D. Weissmann (Winterthur) are using Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy to relieve tension. This is not the same protocol delivered by the Wise-Anderson team. It does not deliver intra-rectal trigger point release. It it shown here merely to illustrate the general concept.

Note that Dr Wise has a negative view of kegel exercises.