What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy, despite its intimidating name, has actually been used in orthopedics for years to treat injuries like broken bones and tendons. It is also known as low intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT). A noninvasive therapy that uses high energy sound waves to promote faster tissue growth and healing.
Since then, this therapy has been adapted for sexual wellness procedures like erectile dysfunction. In order to improve blood flow to the penis, Shockwave Therapy repairs and strengthens the blood vessels in the penis.
Erectile Dysfunction and Its Forms
One of the most common male sexual health conditions is erection dysfunction (ED). However, this condition is often temporary. In the past, ED has been observed in several forms:
There are only a few specific situations in which this subtype occurs. Psychological symptoms like stress or performance anxiety can cause it. Most commonly, this subtype does not last long.
Dietary factors and lifestyle changes are usually responsible for this subtype. Smoking, poor diets, chronic stress, obesity, and other lifestyle choices can contribute to it. Lifestyle changes and better health maintenance usually resolve this subtype of ED.
Long Term ED
The symptoms of this type of ED are more difficult to reverse, especially if they are caused by a physical injury. Diabetes, spinal cord injuries, etc., can affect the penis and its ability to maintain blood flow. Fortunately, ED caused by these conditions can still be treated with medications, injections, and other therapies, as well as shockwave therapy
Does shockwave therapy work for erectile dysfunction?
The shockwave therapy is administered using a wand-like device placed near different parts of the penis. During the next 15 minutes, the device emits gentle pulses along parts of the penis. Improved blood flow and tissue remodeling are triggered by the pulses. Shockwave Therapy does not yet have an industry-established recommendation for treatment period or frequency. A study from 2019 found that the most common treatment plan was twice weekly for 3 weeks, a 2 week break, and then another period of 3 weeks of treatment. Shockwave therapy was demonstrated to last about a year.
Is Shockwave Therapy right for me?
Shockwave Therapy is generally considered suitable for anyone suffering from ED. To monitor the risks and ensure the best results, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before using this therapy.