Indications

Pelvic Therapy Wand: Indications and Contraindications

Pelvic Floor Doctor
Medically Reviewed By Dr. Amanda Olson, DPT, PRPC

In this video, IntimateRose.com’s Dr. Amanda Olson, certified pelvic floor rehabilitation therapist, discusses the Intimate Rose Pelvic Wand’s uses, dimensions, and the indications and contraindications for using a pelvic therapy wand from a clinician’s perspective. Dr. Olson designed the wand specifically to be covered in medical-grade silicone to make it more comfortable for patients to insert and remove. The result is also a more pleasant and approachable-looking tool that can help put patients at ease.

Each end of the wand is designed to be used either rectally or vaginally, with the slim diameter end being about the size of a pinkie finger. Meanwhile, the larger, tapered end has extra silicone on the blunt tip to provide a buffer for sensitive patients.  The different dimensions on the curvatures of the wand enable it to be used on harder-to-reach muscle groups within the pelvic floor and also to be used with more comfort in both the supine and side-lying positions, which are sometimes more well-tolerated by patients.

Contraindications for this pelvic wand include patients with active infections of the pelvis. This tool is especially adept at releasing tender points and trigger points in the pelvic floor muscles. Clinicians can suggest patients keep this tool at home as an adjunct to therapy in order to provide tender point release in-between visits. This wand is also highly useful for patients who are being discharged after successfully completing therapy but still have a tendency to overactive their pelvic floor even after you’ve educated them. They can continue to use the wand at home to release any tender points that continue to develop.

Finally, Dr. Olson recommends that patients are taught to use only gentle force when using the wand, similar to when checking a tomato for ripeness. Patients should be taught, after locating a tender point with the want, to shift to a comfortable position and then hold the wand in place for a minute or two until the tender point releases.