Physical Therapy, Electromagnetic Field

What is galvanotherapy
Galvanic current is a direct current that changes the electric charge of tissues and thus affects the activity of the blood capillaries towards the best suitable tissue perfusion. The most frequent application manner is via electrodes placed on the body with humid protective sheaths. The size and placement of plate electrodes are prescribed by the physician as well as their polarity as it substantially affects the healing result. The treatment lasts at least half an hour to bring about the required effect. Other possible applications are in the form of a full-body or partial galvanic bath.

How galvanotherapy helps
Positive cations irritate the surrounding tissues and improve their tonus, leading to enhanced blood perfusion. Such an effect is beneficial in disorders of the peripheral circulation (e.g. Raynaud´s syndrome, posttraumatic swelling). Negative anions reduce electric irritation and suppress painful or otherwise unpleasant sensations (e.g. in neuropathies). The direct current causes no muscle contraction, but you may feel tingling (later disappears) and see a reddening of the target area. These are beneficial effects.


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.

Advisable for:

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

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