Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy: A Complete Guide

Experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED)  can be disheartening. And unfortunately, about half of all men experience some degree of ED in their lifetime. The solution may be low-intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT). Despite the name, this typically painless procedure can be the remedy you need to get your sex life back on track.

Read on to discover various shockwave therapy benefits and how it impacts ED.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a condition where men struggle to get an erection —and keep it once they have it. ED is a consistent condition that often lasts for at least six months, but may last much longer.

ED does not necessarily mean that a man experiences a reduced sex drive. In fact, some men become very aroused and still struggle to get an erection. 

Whatever the case, ED is not a laughing matter. If you’ve looked for erectile dysfunction treatment, you know that some cases yield little to no results. Even if you looked into all the possible underlying triggers, your doctor may give no clear solution.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

When it comes to ED, no single cause has been identified. However, there are a number of possible culprits that may contribute to the problem. Obesity for example can lead to erectile dysfunction. In fact, some studies have shown that obese men have up to a 30% increased risk of ED. High blood pressure can cause poor blood flow which can ultimately lead to poor erectile function. Other culprits are:

  • Depression
  • Low testosterone
  • Tobacco use
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sleep apnea

Certain medications such as antidepressants can even lead to an increased chance of developing erectile dysfunction. Now that we are familiar with some of the related and underlying issues, let’s take a look at treatment options.

Possible Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

The most common recommended erectile dysfunction treatment is to make lifestyle changes, for example:

  • Eat healthier
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Seek psychotherapy or counseling
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid using tobacco and alcohol

 

However, you may not see results from these lifestyle changes—or you may already live a very healthy life. That’s where LISWT may benefit you. 

What Is Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy?

As the name implies, this procedure uses shockwaves to promote blood flow and blood vessel growth in the penis.

The procedure is painless, so there’s no need to worry about the word “shockwave.” There are many forms of electric therapy that stimulate nerves and veins with electric shocks. At most, you will feel a tingling sensation that may introduce a minor amount of discomfort.

Shockwave Therapy Benefits

Most of the treatments for erectile dysfunction are lifestyle changes—which, sadly, are not guaranteed to work for everyone. Other treatments include taking some form of medication to relax your muscles during sex—allowing for increased blood flow. These are all short-term solutions that may not address the root problem.

In recent years, low-intensity shock wave therapy has become a popular treatment option. As it is non-invasive, you will not experience a long recovery period, and the procedure can be performed in the office.

Additionally, this treatment for erectile dysfunction allows urology specialists to try and determine some of the root causes of your symptoms. Eventually, you may be able to overcome your ED completely. And the most important benefit of all: a return to a healthy sex life.

Tackle Your ED at USoC

Though the direct cause of ED is unknown, there are solutioins to help revitalize your sex life and ease your dicomfort. Low-intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT) can be the solution you need to jumpstart your sexual health.

Along with LISWT, there are many other solutions we offer that tackle issues ranging from erectile dysfunction to urinary incontinence and prostate cancer. Find the location nearest to you and schedule your appointment. We’ll walk you through the process and assist you in finding the solution to your ED troubles and more.

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