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To be clear, shock wave therapy is NOT the new Viagra...
...as it has been called in many media outlets and medical publications. Traditional methods of treating erectile dysfunction target the symptoms; instead low-intensity shock wave therapy targets the cause. Furthermore, while traditional medications are often taken daily, this sonic form of therapy attempts to cure people of the problem entirely, rather than treating the condition symptomatically.
OTC medications only treat symptoms
Medications like Viagra and Cialis, known as PDE-5 inhibitors work by boosting the effects of nitric oxide within the body, which helps relax muscles in the penis and allow the blood to enter. While most people find success with PDE-5 inhibitors, they come with a long list of side effects and don't work perfectly for everyone!
Shock wave therapy is a long-lasting treatment
This pioneering sonic therapy that utilizes low intensity shock waves that course through the penis and, in doing so, stimulate the growth of blood vessels within the tissues of the penis. Simultaneously, it reverses factors that contribute to restricted blood flow to the penis including hardened arteries and narrow blood vessel pathways.
Difference in outcome between traditional treatment and acoustic compression
Among the most noticeable differences is in how long the effects last. The treatment takes place over a period of weeks, but many people report that the effects are long-lasting and satisfactory. If you are interested in taking a different approach to managing your erectile dysfunction, give our office in Fremont a call to schedule an appointment today.
Erectile dysfunction is more common than you think
Roughly 50% of men between the ages of 40-70 experiencing sexual dysfunction of some degree. Because sexual dysfunction directly correlates with a lower quality of life, men are quick to turn to ED drugs to help improve their sex lives; and indeed, ED drugs have a success rate of around 70% when it comes to producing an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. As with all pharmaceuticals however, each ED drug comes with its own set of side effects, not to mention their high out-of-pocket cost which makes them prohibitively expensive to those without insurance.
The most common side effects of ED medication include:
- Headaches, dizziness and vision problems
- Upset stomach and diarrhea
Among others, Cialis has been linked to muscle aching, while frequent users of Viagra report strange side-effects like blue-tinged vision. Furthermore, they can have strange and unpredictable interactions with concurrent prescriptions. Men taking cardiac drugs should never take ED medication because of the effects on blood pressure.
Protect your erection
Let's focus on the physiological process of erections: when sexually aroused, the muscles of the penis relax and allow increased blood flow into the shaft. This blood comes through the penile arteries and, as the shaft fills with blood, it becomes hard and rigid. Erectile dysfunction occurs when the blood fails to flow adequately. There are a range of causes for this including:
- Side effects related to surgery or injury
- Side effects of medication, alcohol or drug use
- Narrowing of the blood vessels due to high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes
- Hormonal problems
- Mental problems including stress, anxiety and depression.
Going back to the source: a new approach to treatment of erectile dysfunction
What ever happened to good old "Reader's Neck"
The term, used to denote the posture of the head in relation to the spine when people are reading, immediately conjures images of someone with their head cricked forward, nose in the book. Fast forward a few centuries and this problem is being transposed onto society as a whole. Due to our society's reliance on computers and, worse, cell phones, more people than ever are finding that going around with your neck stuck forward like an ostrich is going to cause pain eventually.
Changing the way you think about your health, one adjustment at a time
At our office in Fremont, we believe that the spine is the foundation of wellness. Therefore, all of our work seeks to contribute to the health and maintenance of the spine: using natural modalities, we maintain the integrity and alignment of your spine and in so doing, create a domino effect that can improve all aspects of health. Professional athletes will tell you that regular chiropractic treatment keeps them performing at the top of their game. One of the most important reasons for this is that by maintaining the alignment of the spine and the subsequent balance of the body, injury is much less likely to occur. This exemplifies the chiropractic approach to preventative healthcare.