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What Are the Benefits of Focused Sonic Wave Therapy Over Traditional Radial Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?

Posted by: Men's Health Boston in Uncategorized on January 31, 2022

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be an incredibly frustrating condition with major implications on quality of life and sense of well-being. While treatments such as oral PDE-5 inhibitors (Viagra, Cialis, Stendra) can provide relief, some men don’t respond to medications, or find the lack of spontaneity and required downtime before sexual activity burdensome.

So what do you do if you want to:

In these cases, targeted Sound Wave therapies can help remedy the underlying physiological problems at the root of ED, leading to increased blood flow to the penis and resulting in firmer, more spontaneous erections. 

Keep reading to learn more about how these therapies work and the benefits of Focused Sonic Wave Therapy versus traditional Radial Therapy in the treatment of ED.

Why are Sound Waves Used?

Sound Wave (also known as Shockwave) therapies offer a non-invasive solution for patients suffering from erectile dysfunction that doesn’t respond to medication. These therapies are backed by clinical research that shows the use of targeted sound waves can repair aged blood vessels, stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, and break apart micro-plaques in penis tissue. This, in turn, increases circulation and blood flow, resulting in erections that come spontaneously and last for longer periods of time.

“Sound Wave Therapy” is itself an umbrella term, often used to describe a variety of different treatment devices and protocols. Two popular devices include Radial Pressure Wave Therapy and Focused Sonic Wave Therapy, and while both show positive results for specific conditions, only one shows efficacy for treating ED.

Radial Pressure Wave Therapy

Radial Pressure Wave Therapy is more common than Focused Sonic Wave Therapy because it’s been around for longer. This treatment device delivers repeated pneumatic (“jackhammer”-like) energy to a specific area, which then spreads, or radiates, outward to cover the surrounding tissue. 

However, as the energy spreads away from the initiation site, it weakens. This presents an obstacle for ED treatment, as energy from the sound waves does not penetrate below the skin’s surface to a substantial degree, leaving deep tissue untreated. 

And although Radial Pressure Wave Therapy is non-invasive, you still need to apply anesthesia before having this procedure. The treatment relies on the technician to apply consistent pressure with the device, leading to potentially significant discomfort in sensitive tissues such as the penis.

Because of its superficial nature, Radial Pressure Wave Therapy is better suited to issues such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis, and can offer a great deal of relief in these cases. The typical treatment protocol consists of three pulse wave phases over 20 minutes, repeated weekly for a six-week treatment round.

But any effectiveness toward alleviating ED is limited by the shallow penetration, and results are often short-lived. If you suffer from chronic ED, Focused Sonic Wave Therapy is a better choice for you.

Focused Sonic Wave Therapy

Focused Sonic Wave Therapy (SWT) uses high frequency electromagnetic energy to penetrate deeper into tissues with enhanced precision and quick results. It’s part of a new wave of technology that allows our providers to deliver more energy to hyper-localized areas – targeting specific calcium plaques and improving blood vessel response and regeneration – without the need for numbing agents or the significant discomfort associated with Radial treatments.

Over the past five years, SWT has continuously gained traction as the therapy of choice in sexual medicine. This is because of its ability to deliver better results with less discomfort, all while reducing treatment times by 20-30%. Published data shows that SWT results in firmer, healthier erections, and that patients typically experience benefits for more extended periods than with its predecessors.

At MHB, we utilize a specific protocol designed by respected men’s health expert Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, consisting of twice weekly treatments for three weeks (a six-treatment round). Best results are observed after two to three rounds of treatment over the course of several months. Results can last up to two years.

If you think you might suffer from ED or have trouble getting or maintaining an erection, it’s helpful to know your treatment options. 
Click here for more information on Sonic Wave Therapy at MHB, or schedule an appointment today with one of our providers to learn more about treating erectile dysfunction!

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