Shock Wave or Acoustic Wave Therapy Q & A

What is shockwave therapy?

As you age, your blood vessels begin to shrink and weaken, becoming susceptible to plaque buildup. This therapy slows down and can prevent the blood flow needed to achieve and maintain an erection.

Until recently, the standard treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) was sildenafil or another vasodilator. Pills like these can be expensive, inconvenient, and only address the symptoms of ED, rather than the underlying cause. Vasodilators also don’t work for all men.

For men who do rely on pills to get an erection but don’t have consistent success, shockwave therapy improves the effects of vasodilation medications.

How does shockwave therapy work?

With shockwave therapy, also called acoustic wave therapy (AWT), low-intensity energy waves stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in your penis. The new vessels increase blood flow and improve erections. What’s more, the therapy also breaks up plaque in your veins and arteries, which is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction.

To perform the shockwave treatment, your Future Wave physiotherapy center provider coats your penis with a cooling gel, and then guides a wand-like probe along the shaft and over the penis. The probe deploys acoustic waves, or shockwaves, which spread throughout your penis.

The procedure is quick and painless. The entire visit takes less than 30 minutes, requires no sedation or downtime, and causes no side effects.

Is shockwave therapy painful?

Not at all. The pulses emitted by the shockwave probe can be comparable to what you might feel if you were to place your hand on a speaker while music is playing. Some men report a tingling sensation, but it’s mild, gentle, and doesn’t hurt at all.

How soon can I expect results from shockwave therapy?

In some cases, you may be able to achieve a satisfactory erection on the same day as your shockwave therapy. On average, however, most men see noticeable results after about two weeks.

Call Future Wave physiotherapy center to schedule a consultation or request online today if you’re ready to see how shockwave therapy can help you