A little background about me . . .
I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis 1999; thus far the worst year of my life. After attending an Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) Patient Forum, I learned from Dr. Robert Moldwin about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and requested that my urologist refer me to a pelvic health physical therapist. She found trigger points and assigned homework (trigger point massage at home) in between our weekly visits. I told her that I was not a contortionist and asked her if there was a tool that I could use to help me reach and treat those trigger points. She told me that she wished someone would come up with something, but that nothing existed.
Dr. Moldwin also spoke about vaginal (rectal in men) discomfort/inflammation that could occur during a flareup of symptoms. He suggested that patients use a cold compress externally and warned against freezing a tampon or other things to cool the vagina/rectum because the freezing temperature could damage the sensitive tissue.
Dr. Moldwin, my physical therapist and my despair motivated me to create something to self-help. I thought and discarded many ideas of the right products that could help me with both problems. I finally found that medical-grade glass was strong enough to withstand 50 pounds of pressure (much more than is need to massage a trigger point), could retain cold and heat for approximately 8-10 minutes and the most important thing it is not porous. I contacted a glass company that only makes medical syringes, vials, etc. and asked them to create two prototypes. A straight product (EZ Fit) that can be cooled (to alleviate symptoms) or heated (to relax pelvic floor muscles); and a curved product (EZ Magic) that would allow me to treat my trigger points and can also be cooled or heated. After the prototypes were made, I asked many physical therapists, urologists and gynecologists to see if any modification were needed, but they loved it. I found instant relief of the vaginal discomfort and successfully started to treat my trigger points.
My physical therapist and urologist asked if I could have more made for their patients and thus my little company began. We patented the two products and have been selling them through healthcare providers and on-line since 2005. We have two offices: one in the U.K. and one in Tampa, Florida and ship our products globally.
After meeting Amy Stein, DPT (author of Heal Pelvic Pain) in Amsterdam several years ago, she kindly offered to write an instruction guide on how to use EZ Magic to treat trigger points, which is available for free on the Links & Resources page of this website (available in English & French), for customers and healthcare providers. Amy also used our products in her new DVD, see a preview by clicking: “Heal Pelvic and Abdominal Pain”. The DVD is available in our Store.
Our Important Product Information page has several pictures (from slides made for Michelle Lyons, DPT an incredible pelvic health lecturer for Herman & Wallace). They show lab results of what happens when our glass products vs. similar available acrylic products are cleaned with different household cleaning products. One also shows the possible results of using an acrylic product that has been cleaned with dish-washing or laundry detergent that it quite alarming.
I am amazed at how many different uses have been found by physical therapists around the world, they include: perineal massage at 36 weeks onward for pregnant women to avoid tearing during the birthing process; prostate massage; external trigger point massage; therapist in-office use to save their aching fingers/hands; vaginismus; dyspareunia; postpartum vaginal soreness; radiational vaginal burning; internal trigger point massage, non-bacterial prostatitis; vaginal atrophy; prostatodynia and many other applications.
I'd like to thank a few very instrumental people and organizations that were the key to making me a much more proactive patient during that first very difficult year. A huge thank you to: Marcia Gordon (the best Patient Information Specialist ever), Linda Salin (another amazing, now retired, Patient Information Specialist for the ICA), Vicky Ratner (founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Association), Dr. Robert Moldwin (for giving his time to educate Interstitial Cystitis patients), Molly Miller, PT - Parveen Vahora, MD - Maria Elliott, PT & Miss Claudine Domoney (for being the most amazing and compassionate healthcare providers I've ever had), Pat Criscito & Heather Florio (from Desert Harvest Aloe Vera) and Denise Powers & Dr. Theoharis Theoharides (from Algonot, LLC). Because of them and many other fabulous healthcare providers throughout the years (in the U.S. and U.K.), I am symptom-free 95+% of the year.