Shockwave Therapy in medical applications dates back to the 1950s when a Ukrainian engineer developed a device for destroying kidney stones in the human bladder with an endoscope. In 1980 a breakthrough took place when kidney stones were broken up with shockwaves, extracorporeally, meaning outside of the body. This innovative approach meant that kidney stones could be treated from outside the human body and through the tissue without surgeries.
Following the treatment of kidney stones. Since then millions of people have benefited from this non-invasive method. Since then much research has taken place of the dose-dependent effects of Shockwave Therapy of various tissues from skin and muscles to tendons and bone. Researchers discovered that low doses were more destructive (breaking down kidney stones) whereas high doses were more regenerative, leading to the regeneration of soft tissues and even healing bones.
Shockwaves used for erectile dysfunction use about one-tenth of the energy used for kidney stones, rather than break something down, as is the case with kidney stones, lower energy shockwaves make the penis healthier.