Galvanic Bath, Four-Cell Galvanic Bath, Iontophoresis
A galvanic bath uses the tranquillising effect of direct electric current on agitated nerves. This makes the treatment suitable for all conditions of pain in the locomotor system, either due to degenerative diseases, inflammations or overload. It also has a positive effect on improving the metabolism of the tissues, the reduction of swelling and spasticity. The procedure is carried out in a metallic bathtub where the whole body is submerged in warm water at 34°C whilst electricity passes around the body.
Four-Cell Galvanic Bath
The forearms and lower limbs are placed into 4 small water tubs – cells. The galvanic current then runs only through the submerged parts of the limbs, not through the whole body. The treatment improves blood circulation in all four limbs, it is further beneficial for polyneuropathies (e.g. in diabetes) or in neuralgies.
This is a treatment whereby a prescribed medication is absorbed into the body through the skin by means of an electric galvanic current. The medication is applied to a respective plate electrode, while the other one is indifferent and just directs the flow of electrons. Iontophoresis is most frequently prescribed for the application of drugs acting against inflammation in cases of chronic joint and back aches.
Musculoskeletal diseases, orthopaedic and accident rehabilitation, neurological diseases, vascular problems in limbs
Not advisable for:
Metallic implants – cardiostimulators, joint replacements, screws, etc. at the current pathway, infectious diseases, fever, acute inflammation, untreated or uncontrolled hypertension, epilepsy (neck to be avoided, elsewhere possible), acute thrombosis, phlebitis, leg ulcers and other skin defects, incontinence, pregnancy, unstable diabetes, psychosis, alcohol or drug abuse, severe cardiovascular disease, malignant tumours (at the site of application, elsewhere possible) and blood disorders