- Dr. Jay
Acoustic Wave Therapy
A low flow of blood to tissues can have many negative effects on our health. For example, it can cause problems with our sexual wellness such as erectile dysfunction, but it can also prevent injuries from healing quickly and contribute to the symptoms of cellulite. Here at Enhanced Wellness of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, we offer ACOUSTIC WAVE THERAPY, a non-invasive method that stimulates blood flow to the treatment area.
Whether you suffer from sexual health concerns, Peyronie’s disease, an injury due to overuse or physical activity, or cellulite, we can help to reduce your symptoms.
Because wave therapy, also known as shock wave therapy, is noninvasive and doesn’t involve general anesthesia or a lengthy stay at the hospital, it’s a great option for many people.
Today, let’s discuss this treatment and how it could benefit you.
What Is Acoustic Wave Therapy?
Many conditions occur or are made worse through a lack of blood flow to the area. Acoustic therapy can help your body build new blood vessels in the treatment area through a process called neovascularization. They will then consistently supply the tissues with more blood. As a result, the healing components such as platelets can be delivered more regularly, which encourages the formation of healthy new tissue and the destruction of old cells. In this way, acoustic wave therapy treats the cause of your issue, not just the resulting symptoms.
Unlike many other treatments, the results can often last for years or even for the rest of the patient’s life. Once the faulty blood vessels are repaired and new ones are formed, the tissue is permanently regenerated.
At Enhanced Wellness of New Mexico, we offer a wide variety of treatments, so we will discuss your situation with you first to determine what might work best. However, if you have any of the above-named conditions, we are likely to consider shock wave therapy for you.
What Can It Treat?
One of the most common conditions treated with acoustic wave therapy is erectile dysfunction, but we also offer this treatment to people with other concerns. For example, you may be able to take advantage of acoustic waves if you suffer from Peyronie’s Disease, are a woman with sexual health concerns, have a musculoskeletal injury, or are struggling with cellulite.
A surprisingly large number of men struggle with erectile dysfunction. In fact, up to 70% of older men in their 70s and beyond have experienced this condition. For this reason, there are a number of treatments available, which may include pills, vacuum erection devices, and injections.
Unfortunately, many of them only treat the symptoms of the disease, not the underlying cause, so you’ll have to keep going back for more treatment. Acoustic wave therapy is different because we address one of the most common causes of ED, low blood flow. The more blood circulates in the area, the better you will be able to achieve and hold your erection. By stimulating neovascularization, we can restore the blood vessels, so you can enjoy healthy, strong erections and a permanent improvement in your sexual wellbeing.
Peyronie’s Disease involves the formation of scar tissue in the penis, and it causes curved and painful erections. In most cases, it occurs because of an injury to the penis, for example during sex. Although many men have a slight curve in their penis and it is normal to a certain degree, a person with Peyronie’s may no longer be able to achieve erections or engage in sexual intercourse. Even worse, the condition doesn't usually go away on its own. Instead, it grows more pronounced over time, so seeking out treatment as early as possible should be a priority.
One way of mitigating the symptoms and preventing the disease from getting worse is using acoustic wave therapy, which is a new technique in the U.S. but has been used in Europe for many years.
Female Sexual Health Concerns
Acoustic waves can be used on women as well as men, particularly if they are worried about insufficient lubrication, a loss in sensation, a loosening of the vaginal tissue, or altered physical appearance due to aging. All of those issues can be alleviated if blood flow to the vaginal area increases.
Wave treatment may also increase bladder control by tightening the soft tissues of the vaginal area. If you have a concern related to your sexual health, it's crucial that you get it treated as soon as possible. A healthy sex life can have innumerable benefits for you and your partner, for example a strengthened relationship, a decrease in stress or depression, better self-esteem, and better sleep. It may also reduce your risk of developing serious conditions like heart attacks or cancer.
Sports and Overuse Injuries
It can take a long time to heal from an injury and get back to doing the sport you love, especially if your problem is related to overuse. Some common conditions that acoustic wave therapy can help include tennis elbow, jumper's knee, shoulder or Achilles tendonitis or tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis. This is because one way to significantly speed up the healing process is to increase the blood flow to the region. Some of the main healing agents of the body, white blood cells and platelets, are circulated through the blood. When they are plentiful, it’s much easier for your body to replace damaged cells with fresh, healthy ones. That’s why shock wave therapy can be applied to so many different sports and overuse injuries.
Many people experience cellulite as they grow older. It is caused by the buildup of fat under the skin and is especially common in the thigh and buttock areas. While it’s often associated with obesity and age, it can happen to anyone at any life stage, especially if the patient has a genetic predisposition for it. Sometimes, a healthy diet and exercise routine isn’t enough to get rid of cellulite, and additional treatment is needed. By using a combination of healthy living and shock wave therapy, the excess fat cells can be broken down, and the skin can be rejuvenated. As a result, your treatment area will look firmer and more toned. The dimples associated with cellulite will be reduced or even vanish completely.
Shock wave therapy is a very simple and effective treatment. You won’t need to spend a lot of time preparing for and recovering from it, and it won’t require you to take time off from work. In fact, you can be in and out of the clinic within an hour and return to your normal activities straight away, as long as you avoid strenuous exercise
Am I Eligible for Acoustic Wave Therapy?
When you contact us with a concern related to your sexual health, a musculoskeletal injury, or cellulite, we will invite you to attend an initial consultation at the clinic. This allows us to get to know you and your conditions and establish an optimal treatment plan. To make sure we can serve you well, you will need to bring your medical history, a list of medications you take, and a list of treatments you have tried in the past. Most people who come to us are eligible for shock wave therapy because it’s a gentle and non-invasive treatment. You won’t need to undergo general anesthesia, so even people who may not be able to have elective surgery can benefit from this method.
The Therapy Session
During acoustic wave therapy, we will first identify the exact treatment area, then apply a gel to it so that the waves can travel through your skin more easily. Next, we pass a handheld device over the area. The process should be completely painless for you, and it will take only a few minutes. In fact, you should be in and out of the clinic within the hour, and you can drive yourself home if you wish.
After an Acoustic Wave Therapy Treatment
There isn’t much you have to do after treatment. You can return to work on the same day or the next day, but we will encourage you to refrain from strenuous exercise for 1-3 days after your session. This will allow your body to heal without stress.
Reduce Your Symptoms Now
Acoustic wave therapy is an effective way to increase the blood flow to your treatment area, and it can relieve a wide range of symptoms. In particular, it improves sexual wellbeing, speeds up the healing process, and reduces cellulite.
To get started, contact Enhanced Wellness of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 323-8100. Our experienced medical team will be happy to welcome you to your initial consultation and tell you more about this innovative treatment.