Erectile Dysfunction – Increasing stress levels and unhealthy lifestyles have led to an increase in men with declining sexual health. Today, erectile dysfunction is no longer an issue faced only by senior men. A study conducted in 2014 found that one in every four erectile dysfunction patients is a young man below the age of 40.
Treatment for this dysfunction includes; lifestyle changes, pills, vacuum pumps, surgery, implants, and acoustic wave therapy. Out of these options, making healthier lifestyle changes might not cure everyone, and some people might not like the idea of taking medications or getting surgical treatment. For such people, Acoustic Wave Therapy is a great option. It’s a non-invasive method that treats erectile dysfunction at its core, and the results can last for 1-2 years.
What is Acoustic Wave Therapy?
Acoustic Wave Therapy is also known as “low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT),” or “Shock Wave Therapy” for short.
The therapist places a wand-like device along the shaft of the penis, which then emits gentle pulses that stimulate an inflammatory response in the tissue, resulting in increased blood flow in that area.
This therapy stimulates blood flow, new tissue growth, and blood-vessel formation in the penis. As a result, erections become harder and longer-lasting, and sexual performance is enhanced.
Studies on the effectiveness of acoustic wave therapy have found that it has a longer-lasting effect for most patients with Erectile Dysfunction. In one of the studies, researchers compared the results of a control group and found that the effectiveness of acoustic wave therapy was not a mere “placebo effect.”
Benefits of Acoustic Wave Therapy
Apart from increasing blood flow to the penis, patients experience increased sensitivity and better orgasms. It’s a better all-around cure for erectile dysfunction than its alternatives, such as medication, vacuum pumps, or surgery.
Medications such as Viagra, Levitra, and devices like vacuum pumps do not address the root cause of the issue. On the other hand, acoustic wave therapy is an effective, long-term solution for erectile dysfunction. Patients don’t have to carry around devices or take medication to induce an erection.
Another appealing reason to choose acoustic wave therapy for erectile dysfunction is that it has fewer side effects than medications, surgery, and ED pumps.
If you have tried other treatments with unsatisfactory results, you should consult a therapist to give acoustic wave therapy a go.
Treatment Method and Duration
During an acoustic wave therapy session, the therapist places a wand-like device along the shaft and base of the penis. It doesn’t require anesthesia as the procedure is painless and causes only slight discomfort. Most sessions last an average of 15 minutes and will not disrupt your schedule.
Your therapist can recommend 6-12 sessions in a 2-3 month period for best results. New tissue and blood vessels can take more than a month to grow, showing you results in a relatively short amount of time.
Generally, the results last for 1-2 years. However, you can ward off erectile dysfunction for even longer by implementing a healthy diet and living a balanced lifestyle.
Side-effects of Acoustic Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
Acoustic wave therapy can have side effects, such as:
- Penile skin bruising
- Infection on the penile skin
- Painful erection
Thus, it’s suitable that you refrain from sexual intercourse for a few days after a session.
Men with a penile skin condition or urinary tract infection should avoid seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction before treating the underlying condition first.
Get Acoustic Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction in Utah
Mountain View Physical Therapy has treated hundreds of erectile dysfunction patients in Utah, enriching their lives. Having erectile dysfunction doesn’t mean you have to live with it. No matter your age or the severity of your condition, you can always reach out to our therapists and seek a consultation. Email or contact us at +1 (801) 996 3626.