Treating Prostatitis with a Pelvic Wand
Use of a pelvic wand for prostatitis treatment (specifically chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome) can provide significant relief for men who are living with this form of prostatitis. The personal wand allows men to self-treat internal myofascial trigger points in the pelvic floor, which in turn reduces pelvic muscle tenderness and pain.
The pelvic wand is curved and acts as an extension of a man’s finger to locate the internal trigger points. Once men are trained and supervised on how to use the device, they can treat themselves at home several times a week.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the pelvic wand for chronic pelvic pain syndrome, one study evaluated its use for six months among 106 men. Nearly all of them reported that self-treatment was very or moderately effective in reducing pain. Similar findings were reported in a subsequent six-month study that involved 314 men.
How did use of the pelvic wand for prostatitis affect how much medication men took for pain? Yet another six-month study involving 298 men and 67 women took on this challenge. After six months of using the pelvic wand, medication use dropped by 36.9 percent, and cessation was significantly associated with relief in all symptoms.
Men who have chronic pelvic pain syndrome may want to talk to their doctor about using a pelvic wand for myofascial trigger point self-treatment.
Role of Alpha-1 Blockers in Chronic Prostatitis Syndromes.
Category III chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is the most commonly diagnosed prostatitis syndrome. CP/CPPS is characterized by lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) of which pain (particularly perineal pain and pain on ejaculation) and dysfunctional voiding cause the greatest morbidity and poor quality of life. There is no standard treatment for CP/CPPS. Patients report only transient relief of symptoms from currently available therapies and are frequently required to change treatments.