Gloucestershire’s only men’s health physiotherapy clinic opens in Cheltenham

The first of its kind in the county, Aubergine Physio is a new men's health physiotherapy clinic in Cheltenham, offering an innovative treatment for erectile dysfunction that's helping to change the face of men's health in Gloucestershire.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published

Aubergine Physio, a specialist physiotherapy clinic that uses pioneering Focused Shockwave Therapy to treat men's sexual health issues, is open for business as the first clinic of its kind in Gloucestershire.

With less than 50 per cent of men seeking help for erectile dysfunction, Aubergine Physio provides a discreet and professional service from its groundbreaking clinic on Imperial Square, in the centre of Cheltenham.

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects men of all ages — with approximately 4.3 million men in the UK experiencing it to some degree, according to a 2020 study in the British Journal of Urology International. 

There are many reasons why men might experience erectile dysfunction: as well as being caused by lifestyle and emotional factors, it can also present as a symptom of medical conditions like Peyronie's disease or after a prostatectomy, to name just a few.

Aubergine Physio uses innovative Focused Shockwave Therapy to tackle these underlying causes. It's a non-invasive, drug-free and pain-free approach to improving men's sexual health, which encourages the development of new collagen, penile tissue, nerves and blood vessels to enhance blood flow and improve the function of the erection mechanism. 

This cutting-edge treatment involves the application of low-intensity sound waves to the tissues, to stimulate a healing response in the body — with scientific evidence suggesting that it can help patients achieve natural erections with or without reduced reliance on medication.

It's a relatively quick process, too, with each treatment session lasting approximately 20 minutes. 

Patients are given a towel drape for modesty as the treatment is administered by a specialised probe which Aubergine's medical practitioners apply with a mechanical arm and penile plate.

Founder and director Stephanie Smith-Rowles is an experienced physiotherapist, who made the decision to specialise in men's health to help patients reclaim their confidence, restore intimacy in their private lives and live pain-free — especially as there aren't many dedicated men's health practitioners in the UK.

With an illustrious career spanning 25 years, working for the Ministry of Defence as a sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapist within army establishments and as a physio for the GB gymnastics and trampolining teams, Smith-Rowles shifted her focus of men's health specialist physiotherapy in 2022, following extensive training on Focused Shockwave Therapy.

Relaxed and professional in her approach, she's fully qualified to treat a range of specific men's sexual health issues — spanning impotency, hard flaccid syndrome, Peyronie's disease, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, osteitis pubis and chronic pain conditions like pudendal neuralgia and coccydynia; as well as pre- and post-prostatectomy rehabilitation. 

Aubergine Physio offers a free 15-minute discovery call for people to discuss the problems they're experiencing and treatment options, before they're offered a thorough 90-minute assessment consultation and customised treatment plan.

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