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Pelvic Floor Muscles
Pelvic Floor Muscles

Using the Pelviwand® to Treat Male Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

By Dr. Pamela Morrison Wiles, PT, MS, DPT, BCB-PMD, IMTC

The curved design of the Pelviwand® is perfect for ease of use intrarectally to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Because of the brilliant design it has been employed as a massage tool by physical therapists and patients for those suffering with pelvic pain or sexual pain.

The Pelviwand® for transrectal use is narrower and tapered on one end allowing for easier anal insertion. Once inserted, the user can easily manipulate the Pelviwand® with the elongated handle to gently massage pelvic floor muscles that are tender, tight, or have myofascial trigger points. Users should use gentle strokes or sustained hold stretching with the Pelviwand® to perform the massage and pain relieving techniques to the pelvic floor muscles. Massaging scar tissue in the perineum or anus may also be beneficial to alleviate scar pain, sensitivity, or tightness.

The Pelviwand® is an excellent tool to treat pelvic floor dysfunction in men. Its design is what makes it effective and useful to alleviate pain. Its tapered end allows easy insertion. Once it is inserted the user can easily manipulate the wand using the elongated handle to gently massage pelvic floor muscles that are tight, tender and have myofascial trigger points.

Useful for men with:

 

  • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (i.e. pain, overactivity, shortening, trigger points)
  • Rectal Pain
  • Prostatitis
  • Painful Scar Tissue
  • Sexual Pain
  • Anismus
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
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    Apply a generous amount of lubricant on the tapered end tip of the Pelviwand®.

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    Assume a comfortable semi-reclined position with your knees bent. An alternative position may be standing with one leg raised on a footstool.

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    Find your rectal opening.

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    Gently insert the tapered end into the rectum.

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    Orient yourself to the rectal opening and pelvic floor muscles as a clock to identify painful or tight muscles.

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    Turn the Pelviwand® to the 9 or 3 o’clock position to begin strokes.

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    Since the pelvic floor muscles surround the rectum, strokes are best performed from 11 to 7 o’clock and 1 to 5 o’clock.

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    Avoid applying strokes to 12 or 6 o’clock due to sensitive structures such as the urethra and rectum unless otherwise directed by your practitioner.

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    Perform gentle strokes for several minutes on each side until relief is felt.

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    Trigger point release and lengthening can be achieved by holding sustained pressure on the painful pelvic floor muscle(s) with the tapered end of the Pelviwand®.

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    Always use with caution and consult with a physical therapist that specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation prior to use.

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    Use daily or how prescribed by your health care provider.