Wise Anderson Treatment for Chronic Prostatitis
What Is the Wise-Anderson Protocol?
The Wise Anderson Protocol for prostatitis is an alternative treatment program for men with pelvic pain. The Wise Anderson treatment can be used for to treat pelvic tension associated with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).
The Wise Anderson Protocol was developed by urologists, psychologists, and physical therapists at Stanford University. The program involves using trigger point release, physical therapy, and treating any psychological and behavioral issues that could be contributing to prostatitis symptoms. Patients are also trained to use an internal trigger point wand so that they can continue the therapy at home, since this program does take over a year to complete.
For many men—about half of the CP/CPPS sufferers—pelvic pain is caused by tension in the pelvic floor. This pelvic floor tension may be triggered by anxiety or other psychological stressors. While some men hold tension in their neck, which can lead to a headache, other men hold tension in their pelvic muscles without even realizing it, and this tension can lead to CP/CPPS. That is why the Wise Anderson Protocol involves treatment for the pelvic muscles along with a psychological component.
There has been some research on the Wise Anderson Protocol. One study from Stanford was published in the Journal of Urology. The researchers treated 138 men with CP/CPPS for at least a month with myofascial trigger point assessment and release therapy along with paradoxical relaxation therapy. The treatment team involved a urologist, physiotherapist, and psychologist. The symptoms were assessed by survey and questionnaire. In the responses, 72% of patients had moderately improved or markedly improved clinical successes. Researchers concluded that these therapies represent an effective therapeutic approach for managing pain and urinary symptom relief for CPPS patients that is superior to traditional therapy.
How Does the Wise Anderson Treatment for Prostatitis Work?
The Wise Anderson Protocol combines psychological therapy and physical therapy. The physical therapy part involves trigger point release therapy for the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, and yoga-type exercises using pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. Men in the program are trained to use an Internal Trigger Point Wand, which they use with a map of their trigger points and areas of restriction.
The psychological component of the training is called paradoxical relaxation. Patients listen to a one-hour recording every day. This part of the treatment consists of a breathing technique that is used at the beginning of relaxation and instruction that helps direct a patient’s focus toward letting go of tension in a specified area of the body. Patients follow this program for a year and two months. It is a slow healing process, but according to the company, it takes a long time for the patient to let go of deeply ingrained tension. A daily program of repetitive loosening is important to achieve success.
When a patient’s chronic tension (trigger points) are pressed, many of their symptoms are recreated. When the trigger points are resolved, the pelvic floor muscles relax and the related anxiety calms down. The symptoms of CPPS possibly disappear or are significantly reduced. This process takes time, but the Wise Anderson Protocol is a drug-free way to help eliminate or significantly reduce pelvic floor tension.
Where to Find the Wise Anderson Treatment for Prostatitis
There are Wise Anderson treatment multi-day clinics that help train men in the protocol. If there is not a clinic in your area, you may be able to find some of the components of this protocol in other treatment programs. You may be able to find a doctor or therapist who does myofascial trigger point release and paradoxical relaxation therapy. Other programs such as the Renew XY Health Program for Men also treat pelvic tension.
Most men with CP/CPPS do best with a multimodal treatment program such as the holistic program “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis, which involves several natural and alternative therapies such as:
- Natural treatments (ALCAT, elimination diets, and wheat-free diets);
- Phytotherapy (pollen and quercetin together with probiotics);
- Alternative treatments (acupuncture, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation and therapy); and
- Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle).
The NPAT program also recognizes that many of the causes of pelvic tension originate in areas of the body outside of the prostate, so it is best to use a whole-body approach when treating CP/CPPS. Your pelvic tension will not go away overnight. Whether you use the Wise Anderson Protocol or employ multiple therapies, you need to be patient with a slow process in relieving your pelvic pain.