Characterised by the inability to achieve or maintain an erection, ED affects up to 50% of all men between the ages of 40 – 70. While the causes of ED are varied, the most common cause of ED is restricted blood flow to the penis. Research has shown that treatment using Focused Shockwave Therapy can prevent ED in up to 75% of cases.
What is ED?
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is defined as an inability to obtain or maintain an erection. It is estimated that half of all men in the UK between the ages of 40-70 will suffer with ED to some degree.
What Causes ED?
Causes of ED are varied and can be both physical, pyschological or a combination of both, however the most common cause of ED is restricted blood flow to the penis. This creates difficulty in achieving and sustaining an erection.
Tablets such as Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) provide a temporary solution by used to improving blood flow to the penis by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide – a natural chemical produced by the body. The increase in blood flow enables an erection in response to sexual stimulation. However these tablets are only a temporary solution and should not be taken by those who suffer from conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and/or liver disease or Peyronie’s Disease. In some cases using Viagra or Cialis may worsen the underlying conditions responsible for causing the problem.
How can Focused Shockwave Therapy help ED?
Also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), Focused Shockwave Therapy is a safe and non-invasive therapy commonly used to treat the underlying causes of ED. It does this by increasing blood flow to the penis by stimulating vasodilation (dilation of the blood vessels) and improving nerve function.
Using Focused Shockwaves, a series of high-density low intensity, high frequency energy waves are delivered to the affected area. These precisely directed waves improve blood flow to the affected area by dissolving the fatty plaque build up and promoting the formation of new blood vessels.
Focused Shockwave Therapy can also promote the release of nitric oxide (NO) a vasodilator. The release of the Nitric Oxide dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation. Research has shown that a Nitric oxide (NO) is a physiologic signal essential to penile erection, and that a deficiency of NO can also be a factor of ED.
Is Focused Shockwave Therapy Effective in Treating ED
Research* has shown that Focused Shockwave Therapy has been proven to provide lasting effects in 75% of cases of ED. When combined with appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes the effects of Focused Shockwave Therapy may also prove to be permanent.
As one of the first osteopaths in Scotland to use Focus Shockwave Therapy, Helen How has been fully trained and is experienced in the use of Focused Shockwave Therapy as a treatment for ED.
To book your appointment for Focused Shockwave Therapy please contact osteopath Helen How by email or telephone 0131 551 1044.
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