Chronic pelvic pain can be debilitating, and the cause can be difficult to pinpoint. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to suffer in silence.
TheraWand is a therapeutic wand design to massage the pelvic muscles and alleviate pain.
Even if your pelvic muscles aren’t the cause of your pain (maybe you have gastrointestinal or bladder issues), the self-release of pelvic trigger points can often alleviate symptoms.
The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Massage Tools
Pelvic Pain Relief
Pelvic massage therapy offers many benefits for both women and men (yes, men can experience pelvic pain, too). In fact, one in three people will experience pelvic pain at least once in their lifetime.
Massage therapy may be all that’s needed to alleviate pain and help prevent it from returning in the future.
When you think about it, massage therapy makes sense for pelvic pain. People visit massage therapists for pain in other parts of the body.
One in three women will experience incontinence at least once in their lives. While there are different types of incontinence, all have been shown to be improved by physical therapy.
Incontinence is commonly caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. Massage tools can help loosen tight muscles and gently strengthen those muscles. When combined with Kegel exercises, massage tools can help eliminate or significantly reduce incontinence symptoms.
Pre- and Post-Partum Health
A pelvic floor physical therapist can work with pregnant women to prevent or recover from pelvic pain or dysfunction before or after birth. These physical therapists can show you how to coordinate your pelvic and abdominal muscles to facilitate vaginal birth.
In fact, it’s a standard of care in France for women to go through a complete pelvic floor therapy course after giving birth.
Massage tools can help in the strengthening process and also help you re-learn pelvic floor muscle coordination.
Muscular trigger points in the pelvic floor can create all kinds of issues. It can make you feel like you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) when lab tests show no signs of bacteria. It can contribute to pain associated with constipation, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, and hemorrhoids.
What is a TheraWand?
A TheraWand is a specially-designed device that can mimic what pelvic (and physical) therapists do with their hands to alleviate pain and discomfort. These manual massages and trigger point release therapies are often part of a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic pelvic pain disorders.
TheraWands are made of high-quality, PMMA acrylic and inspected to make sure they’re free of defects.
They also come sealed in plastic and with a convenient carrying case.
There are a few different wands offered by the TheraWand brand, including the Trigger-Wand, LA-Wand and V-Wand. Each one offers unique properties that help bring relief in different ways.
The newest model and also our top pick for best pelvic floor massage tool. The Trigger-Wand is designed to reach more trigger points and is specialized for anal use. This model will help release the posterior, lateral and anterior muscles.
The Trigger-Wand is 12” in length, 3/4″ wide and weighs 15 ounces. Its longer length makes it easier for larger individuals and those with limited mobility to reach the pelvic floor area.
As an added bonus, you can also use the Trigger-Wand for external massages.
The Trigger-Wand helps find and reach places in the pelvis that are hard to find with other wands. And its longer length allows for easy entry from different positions.
The LA-Wand is 9” long, 5/8” wide and weighs just 4 ounces. This wand is ideal for intrapelvic massage as well as trigger point release.
There are two release ends with the LA-Wand: a bobble end, and a finger-tip like end.
You can use this wand vaginally or anally. Many people prefer the LA-Wand for anal use because the finger-tip end has a thinner width.
The LA-wand also comes in two colors: clear and aqua.
The V-Wand is 8” long, 7/8” wide and weighs just 4 ounces. Like the LA-Wand, this model is ideal for intrapelvic massage and trigger point release.
The V-Wand has a fingertip-like end and an opposable-thumb shaped end.
This wand comes in clear, aqua and violet colors.
Both the V-Wand and LA-Wand are recognized by the FDA as a manual massage device for pelvic pain.
How to Use a TheraWand
Don’t be intimidated by the size and shape of the TheraWand – it’s easy to use and shouldn’t cause discomfort.
One end of the wand is tapered for easy vaginal insertion. Once it’s inserted, the wand can be manipulated to give a gentle internal pelvic massage. It’s best to use gentle strokes or sustained hold stretching.
Here’s how to use a TheraWand:
- Start by applying a generous amount of lubricant (TheraWand sells a few lubricants) to the tapered end of the wand.
- Sit in a semi-reclined position with your knees bent, or stand up with one leg raised onto a footstool.
- Find your vaginal opening, and gently insert the tapered end of the TheraWand. Do not insert past the first curve.
- Visualize your vaginal opening and pelvic floor muscles as a clock.
- Begin turning the wand to the 9 or 3 o’clock positions, and begin strokes.
- Try performing strokes from 11 to 7 o’clock positions, and from the 1 to 5 o’clock positions.
- Avoid performing strokes at 12 or 6 o’clock, as these areas are extra-sensitive.
Strokes should be performed for a few minutes at a time, or until you feel relief. You can also release trigger points by holding sustained pressure on painful pelvic muscles.
These movements are similar to what a physical therapist would do during a massage session.
TheraWands can be cleaned with a gentle disinfecting soap and warm water. Avoid using alcohol or harsh chemicals, which can scratch the surface. All TheraWands come with a convenient carrying case for easy storage in between use.
Pelvic floor physical therapy is now being recognized as an effective treatment option for pelvic pain and other pelvic-related issues. A TheraWand allows you to recreate the sensations and motions of a physical therapist at home. With regular, consistent use, you should see a marked improvement in your symptoms.