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New approach to alleviating pelvic pain in the new, updated and revised 6th edition of A Headache in the Pelvis

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Mind-Body Treatment of Pelvic Pain Is Outlined In A Headache in the Pelvis

A fundamentally different approach to treating chronic pelvic pain has been developed by two doctors working in tandem across their respective disciplines and is outlined in their book, A Headache in the Pelvis. Psychologist David Wise and urologist Rodney Anderson together developed a new method to treating patients with chronic pelvic pain.

Eight years of research in Stanford University’s Urology department resulted in a new methodology for treating muscle based pelvic pain syndromes in men and women that has not been used before for these disorders. The book, A Headache in the Pelvis, now coming out in a revised new and updated edition, describes in detail the treatment for such various disorders as Prostatitis symptoms, levator ani syndrome, perineum or perianal pain and other varieties of pelvic pain through the use of a specific pelvic floor physical therapy and a method that calms down nervous system arousal that exacerbates muscle based pelvic pain. The methodology, known as the Wise-Anderson Protocol focuses on helping individuals release chronically tightened muscles in the pelvic floor which is a major source of chronic pelvic pain and dysfunction.

Psychological Component Of Chronic Pain Outlined In A Headache in the Pelvis

The two researchers and their physical therapy colleague all come from disciplines that rarely talk to each other. The disciplines Urology, psychology and physical therapy have had little professional relationship with each other. Urology has tended to view pelvic pain, especially prostatitis symptoms in men, as an infection, physical therapy as a physical/muscular problem, and psychology/psychiatry as a psychosomatic one.

In A Headache in the Pelvis, the authors note that the pelvic pain they treat is a psycho-neuro-musclar problem that requires the skills and insights of urology, physical therapy and psychology. An article recently published in the Journal Of Urology indicated a success rate of over 80% with the Wise-Anderson Protocol based on varying levels of pain relief achieved by patients using the protocol at home for some period of time. A Headache in the Pelvis is now being release in its new revised and updated sixth edition. More information can be seen on

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