What Is the Stanford Protocol?

If you have pelvic pain, you need to learn about the Stanford Protocol. The Stanford Protocol is also known as the Wise-Anderson Protocol for the doctors that created it. It is a comprehensive plan to treat several causes of pelvic pain. Read below to learn more.

What Is the Stanford Protocol?

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The Stanford Protocol is a treatment plan for pelvic pain. It was originally developed by David Wise, PhD, a psychologist and sufferer of pelvic pain. After years of living with pelvic pain and trying unsuccessful treatments, Dr. Wise began treating himself. For the first time, treatment was successful.

Dr. Wise contacted Dr. Rodney Anderson, who headed the chronic pelvic pain clinic in the Department of Urology at Stanford University Medical Center and also was a professor of Urology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Then, the two doctors used Dr. Wise’s method to start treating both male and female patients at Stanford.

It’s because of this association with Stanford that the program was named the Stanford Protocol. However, when Dr. Wise moved the program outside of the hospital setting, he changed the name to the Wise-Anderson Protocol.

The Wise-Anderson Protocol

In 2003, Dr. Wise began running an immersion treatment program in Sonoma County, California. At some point, he began working with physical therapist Tim Sawyer, a leader in pelvic floor therapy.

According to Wikipedia, here is what happens when you attend an immersion treatment program:

  • Physicians evaluate participants prior to the intensive program. They then determine if the treatment protocol will be truly appropriate.
  • Participants learn paradoxical relaxation, a psychological therapy developed specifically for pelvic pain. They receive a yearlong 52-lesson audio course.
  • Participants learn trigger point release therapy on the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. They also do yoga-type exercises to relax the pelvic floor and abdominals.
  • Participants are trained to use an Internal Trigger Point Wand and receive a map of their trigger points and areas of restriction.

The whole point of the immersion program is that you attend and learn how to reprogram your body. Stretch what is tight, learn to relax, and practice trigger point therapy to relieve your pain.

Who Can Benefit from Treatment?

Both males and females can benefit from the Stanford Protocol. Some people who might benefit from this include those who are suffering from any of the following conditions:

  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • prostatitis,
  • levator ani syndrome,
  • pelvic floor dysfunction,
  • pelvic floor myalgia, or
  • interstitial cystitis.

Where Can I Find Treatment?

Dr. Wise offers an immersion treatment program in Sonoma County, California.

Learn More

For more information about the Wise-Anderson Protocol, check out A Headache in the Pelvis by Dr. Wise and Dr. Anderson.

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2 Comments

  1. Tom Kirkle on March 13, 2018 at 6:42 am

    I have had this treatment, but not in California. There is a physical therapist in K.C. who uses a variation of this. It helped me.



    • Sarah Stockett on March 13, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Wonderful news, Tom! Feel free to let us know what doctor provided such good care.



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