Schedule of Wise-Anderson Protocol
Six-Day Immersion Clinics

27-Feb 1
3 - 8
7 - 12
23- 28
14 - 19
11- 16
22 - 27
20 - 25
10 - 15
8 - 13


Chronic pelvic pain syndromes have been a puzzle to the best medical minds for a century. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, prostate massage, and surgical procedures, which form the backbone of traditional treatments, have been of little use in dealing with these debilitating afflictions. In A Headache in the Pelvis, we describe a new treatment protocol developed over a period of 8 years at Stanford University’s Department of Urology that has stepped out of the box of conventional medical treatment. It involves a treatment that has been successful in substantially abating or resolving the symptoms of pain and dysfunction in a select group of patients with chronic pelvic pain syndromes. This protocol is based on a new understanding that chronic pelvic pain syndromes are not caused by prostate or organ pathology but instead by a chronically contracted pelvic floor that has made an inhospitable environment for the organs and tissues found within it.

This involves the coordinated treatment of a physician, psychologist, and physical therapist. Successful results are dependent upon the willingness of the patient to actively comply with the regimen described in A Headache in the Pelvis for an extended period of time. This is in contrast to the conventional form of medical treatment which looks to a quick solution by drugs or surgery with minimal participation of the patient. The solution to this vexing condition is neither quick nor easy and requires a large expenditure of effort. Our patients are typically people who have had pain and dysfunction for years, have seen numerous doctors, and have unsuccessfully used the conventional treatments.

We have established these monthly 6 day clinics to allow us to treat in a 6 day period patients who live far away. They are the most effective and comprehensive form of the treatment available described in A Headache in the Pelvis.

Perhaps the greatest suffering for patients with pelvic pain syndromes is the sense of helplessness that patients feel in the presence of their pelvic pain and dysfunction. We are not able to help everyone we treat. When we are successful in helping people with this problem, we are able to give them tools to reduce or abate their symptoms. When the treatment is successful and participants comply with the home practice portion of the protocol, some clear reduction of symptoms is usually seen within a period of three to four months. Stable reduction or resolution of symptoms can take several years and in many individuals who respond to our treatment, improvement continues with the use of the protocol.

These clinics train participants to do self-treatment at home. They are done in a small group and consist of approximately 20-30 hours of treatment over the period of 6 days. The content of the workshops consists of:

  • Individual medical evaluations are done by urologist associated with our clinics prior to the intensive program, at which time the nature of the condition of the participants will be evaluated and the appropriateness of the treatment protocol determined.
  • Training in Paradoxical Relaxation is done over a period of 5 days. A yearlong 48 lesson audio course in Paradoxical Relaxation is an integral part of the instruction during the clinic and is geared toward training participants to use the recorded lessons of the course at home. Specific cognitive strategies for reducing the impact of frequent negative/catastrophic thinking that accompanies chronic pelvic pain syndromes are part of the curriculum.
  • Participants undergo a specific form of physical therapy consisting of pelvic floor related Trigger Point Release developed for chronic pelvic pain syndromes and physical therapy self-treatment instruction on a daily basis. When a partner is available and willing, the partner can receive instruction in the Trigger Point Release geared to the treatment requirements of their partner. This attendance and instruction of partners is included as part of the clinic cost. The intention of this training is to train participants to self-administer the physical therapy component of treatment at home on a regular basis. Patients receive a map of their trigger points and areas of restriction.
  • Participants receive information and recommendations on different aspects of treatment of pelvic pain syndromes and are introduced to what is often seen as a new way of understanding their symptoms.


National Center for Pelvic Pain Research, Box 54, Occidental, California 95465
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