Phase I - How Traction Devices Work

iraqImage by The U.S. Army via Flickr      Traction Devices work by securely holding the penis by a strap, tube or ring that is attached to arms that provide tension to straighten and stretch the penis.  The principle involved is very similar to weight lifting.  While lifting weights the muscle is subjected to stress and tension, which stretches the cells and causes micro tears in the muscle fibers.  The stretched cells divide and add new cells, so your muscle grows.  The muscle will become larger, firmer and hold more blood as it gets bigger.



       The same principle works with the traction device.  It stretches the penis and allows new cells to divide off of the old ones and build new tissue around the plaque.  The penis is supported by new tissue.  While the penis is firmly and comfortably held in the traction device, pressure is increased on the side the penis is bending, allowing it to straighten over a period of time.  Since this is a gradual and medically approved method, over time penile blood flow will dramatically improve, and the muscular element of the penis will strengthen as well.

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22 comments:

  1. are the traction devices only used when the penis is erect? I don't see how it would help when flaccid.

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  2. Traction devices work by stretching the penis and allowing the cells to divide and form new cells by using tension. The penis is in its' flaccid state while under tension, much as you see the plugs in peoples ears. Over time the tissue increases as pressure is exerted and the ear lobes add new cells to grow around the plug.

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  3. John, thank you for putting this site together. My issues began after a vigorous sex injury. Now four moths later where the penis bent during sex I have developed a serious bend and divit when erect. Can you tell me if the Phases you mention should be done sequentially IE: phases one first then Phases two...etc. OR do you do all three phases at once. This is a terrifying issue and I look forward to it being over. Thank you very much.

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    1. Thank you for your question. I did all of the phases at once. Medical studies have shown that combination therapy is much more effective for resolving Peyronie's than just using one method.

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  4. is it normal for a teenager to get this and where do you get these traction devices?

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  5. Guys - it's easier to be anonymous when afflicted with such a devastating condition as this, but for the first time, I've been able to talk about this 'openly'. It's such a relief. I don't know if anyone else reading this feels the strangeness of this fraternity, but however strange it feels, I am so grateful to John Parks for putting this site together. Thank you so much John - bless you. S

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    1. Thank you for this comment,
      It was a tough decision to go public with such a personal and private condition. I had such a emotional time dealing with the affliction and loss at first and after 9 months of unsuccessful treatment by a Urologist, I was desperate to avoid surgery.

      It truly is a strange fraternity of men and their partners with Peyronie's. That is a great way to phrase what I felt and so many others must feel.

      This condition is nothing to be ashamed of. None of us asked for this, and it is not a joking, or matter to be made light of. This condition is something that we all need as much information as possible to try and treat and overcome.

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  6. John

    First off thanks for putting this site together .Ive had peyronies for 5 years now. I went to my urologist right away for something else and told him about the bend but he didnt have much to say about it. Do you think this plan would work after all this time? I've lost size and girth and its very difficult for my wife and I. Also what happens with the traction device through different stages off erection?
    Thanks

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  7. Did your urologist do an examination for a plaque, or can you feel a bump or hard tissue in your penis? It does not sound like your doctor was very proactive in his exam. Many urologists that do not specialize in Peyronie's will basically tell you to wait, or take vitamin E. Which is pretty useless. The problem is they are uncomfortable and do not know how to treat this condition. There is no standard method of treatment.

    After 5 years your curvature and loss should be stable. The plaque also should have stabilized. I believe that traction would help with the loss of length and girth. It may or may not have a lot of effect on the curvature at this stage, since the plaque could have calcified. That is why I asked you earlier if you can feel a hard bump. It is difficult to remove a plaque without excision surgery, but it is not impossible. The scar/plaque is made up of a collection of fibrin which collect at a micro-injury they form into a blood clot, much like a scab forms, when you are cut. The area in your penis, the tunica albugenia has low blood flow, so it is difficult to wash away this scab/clot. Collagen over time collects at the injury site and makes up the matrix of the plaque. The plaque can become so large that it pinches the penis and causes curvature. Some men have the scar tissue invade the erectile tissue, which causes erectile dysfunction in areas of the penis. Over time calcium can build up in the scar, which is like a stone. At this stage in Peyronie's the hardened plaque will probably not respond to injection therapy or non invasive treatment like I am promoting at this website.

    Traction though does offer help to men with a stabilized condition. Traction works much like weight lifting, by stretching the tissue during traction, cells divide and reproduce. Men gain length and girth through traction, and improve erectile function, due to increased circulation and increased penis tissue. The traction device is meant to be worn in the flaccid state. If you get an erection during traction, depending on the level of erection, the traction device will come off, or you may have to remove it and reset it after the erection diminishes.

    If your plaque is not calcified, it is possible to remodel the scar tissue and reduce its' size with heat treatment (hyperthermia) I used hot compresses, but a hot water bottle would hold the heat longer. Studies have shown that the collagen molecule unwinds and softens when heat is applied.

    I hope this information is helpful to you, feel free to email me or post comments if you have other questions.
    midlifehealthanswers@gmail.com
    Thank you for your questions, John Parks

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  8. John

    My urologist didn't show much interest at the time and has since retired as I found out last week when I went in for a xiaflex appointment. At $3000/shot with a possible need for 8 shots it wasn't what I expected.

    There is a hard bump on top at the base and a ring as if a band is around it when erect. The bend is about 30 degrees so I guess I'm luckier than some but the problem is I can't reach my wife which is still very frustrating.

    I ordered all the items in your 3 phase plan except the traction device. Any suggestions?

    Thanks for your quick response.This is a great site you put together.

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  9. Xiaflex injections are very expensive, and the insurance companies are really slow to get excited about paying for this treatment option. You can read more about Xiaflex injection by joining:
    http://www.inspire.com/groups/association-of-peyronies-disease-advocates/
    You will find other men in your same situation if you want to commiserate with others in the same boat. The leaders of the forum are real stand up guys, and so are most of the members. They don't promote any treatment programs there, it is more of an informational and sharing format.

    I would suggest ordering and using the traction device, it will probably be your most effective option, at this point in time. After 5 years, the oral supplements will be good for your cardiovascular health, but will probably not have much effect on the plaque/scar. If I were in your place, I would use traction, heat therapy and the topical gel. I would take the supplements since you purchased them, but they are best used in the chronic or early stages, before the plaque has stabilized. You can read a new post I just put up today about clinical tests on non-surgical treatment options. If you link to the public medicine posts, you will read that most of these studies were undertaken in the earlier stages of progression.

    One study using traction in Italy, was done on patients with stabilized plaques, and they did show significant improvement. Not all of the patients had curvature correction, but all of them enjoyed length and girth enhancement after undergoing traction therapy.

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    1. My new post is: http://www.sexuallyhealthyman.com/2014/09/clinical-and-double-blind-studies-for.html

      and Thank you for your kind words

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    2. Hi John

      Well I cant seem to use the dsmo. It makes me dizzy. Do you think the iodine and vitamin e is still useful?

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    3. I have never heard of DMSO making someone dizzy, but I would not use it if you are having this kind of adverse reaction. I do not think the iodine and vit. E would be useful by themselves. You could try using Emu oil, which has been tested for its' transdermal qualities. Emu oil is not as effective as DMSO for penetrating the skin barrier, but it has been found in clinical studies to deliver drugs slowly through the skin. I do not think vit. e should be mixed with Emu oil, but it should be somewhat effective for delivering iodine transdermally. Iodine though has a small molecular weight and easily passes through the skin with an effective epidermal solvent like DMSO. I do not have any experience with EMU oil, but have heard about it being used for Peyronie's.

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  10. Hi John have had an issue for about 9 months now I am 60. I felt a pain while masturbating and is was sore for a few weeks after and had a slight indentation on the right side of my penis and it had a small bend upwards. My penis is thinner than it was when erect. Could you direct me towards a good extender and tell me what other things I should do..
    Mike

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  11. Hi Mike,
    Thank you for your question. The best extender, in my opinion is the Peyronie's device. You can click on the link in the right hand column to go to their website. I do get a sales commission if you purchase out of this website, but there is no obligation. I do believe this one is the best. It uses medical grade, high quality materials and it has a comfort package and different ways to hold the penis, specifically for curvature correction.

    I would also get a hot water bottle and use hot compresses, this is called Hyperthermia treatment, and it has been tested in clinical studies using a small heat pad. They device was clamped on the penis and heated to 108 degrees for 20 minutes, 3 times a week. A hot water bottle will do the same thing. It was found that the collagen in the plaque was softened and it would become smaller or remodel in shape. helping reduce the deformity. After using the hot water bottle, would be the best time to apply the topical gel formulation in my plan. I would encourage you to click on the link in the side bar at the right to read my book about the three steps I took to treat my own Peyronie's. The book is hosted on Scribd and is free. I hope this information is helpful to you, please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. You can ask them in comments here or email me. midlifehealthanswers@gmail.com
    Best Wishes for success in your treatment and recovery,
    John

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    1. TY John
      I appreciate the prompt reply. I am going to start the heating therapy first and judge the progress hopefully that might do it I don't think I have a major issue like some guys but want to old penis back. If I end up buying a traction device will hit that link and buy it I have looked at a lot of them lately and that does seem like it would work but what do I know... I had recently upped my vitamin C prior to this happening which would increase collagen and have been wondering if that might have contributed to me having this issue??

      Thanks again

      Mike

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    2. John how can you tell if the plaque in the penis has calcified as you said before, do you do it in the Erect state or when Flaccid?

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    3. Calcified plaques will feel very hard, like a stone. Calcium is what makes up a sea shell and you know how hard they are. The penis in the flaccid state is softer and more pliable for feeling the plaque's consistency. The only sure fire way of determining the rate or extent of calcification is with an ultrasound exam performed at your doctor's office.

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  12. Hi John. I am 35 years old and believe i have this affliction. I first noticed it just a month ago but I already have about a 30 degree upward bend and now an indentation on the right side. I cannot recall a specific incident of trauma that may have caused the on set. A few times during intercourse i felt some discomfort when penis felt overly bent down but nothing major. I don't believe i have any calcification and have not alerted my dr. to the condition yet. in your opinion, what treatment should i begin with? thanks

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  13. Hi John,

    I was wondering how many hours you used the traction device on a daily basis...thanks...

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    1. I used the traction device for as long as I could each day. It probably averaged between 3 and 4 hours a day. It is recommended to have it on for 8 hours a day, but I was not able to do that with my busy family life and work schedule. I would wear it when I could during the day and then for 3 to 4 hours during the evening. I tried going to bed with it on, but that did not work out. I would roll over on it and it would come off or be painful. It is not recommended to wear a traction device while sleeping, because you won't be aware enough to take it off and take a break from traction. 3 to 4 hours was my daily average.

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