How is Shockwave Therapy used for sexual health?
Shockwave therapy is not new to the market. In fact, shockwave therapy is used for treatment of chronic pain due to tissue dysfunction and also kidney stones. However, the use of shockwave treatment to help combat erectile dysfunction is in the infancy stages: it has yet to be FDA approved due to the lack of clinical trial data.
Because blood flow is vital for a man’s erection, it makes sense to pay attention to problems of circulation when addressing erectile dysfunction. When a male is stimulated sexually, the arteries widen so more blood can enter. This results in a firmness (erection). Shockwave therapy’s main purpose is to create neovascularization in specific troubles areas of the body. Neovascularization stimulates the creation of new blood vessels. With new blood vessels, you could expect better blood flow to that region.
Difference in Wave Therapy
When it comes to shockwave therapy used to help sexual health, there is a big difference on how it is administered. Only 10 percent of the energy used in extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), is used when dealing with ED. ESWL used focused and concentrated energy, whereas waves used in ED treatment are radial and the treated surface area is much greater.
The Long-Standing Issues
Because there are barely enough clinical trials to prove the effectiveness of shockwave therapy for ED and no FDA approved treatments on the market, we cannot support its’ efficacy. In addition, we are still unsure about the long-term safety of using shockwave therapy on the genital area.
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