Iontophoresis is a therapeutic modality often used by physical therapists to treat a variety of conditions. It is a type of electrical stimulation that is used to administer medication into your body through your skin.
The medication used in iontophoresis depends on the goals of the treatment. Different medications have different effects on the body, and your PT will decide on the best medication for your specific condition. At that point, they will request a prescription for that medication from your physician and have it filled for you to pick up from your pharmacy.
There are many different uses for Iontophoresis. These include, but are not limited to:
• Decrease inflammation
• Decrease pain
• Decrease muscle spasm
• Decrease swelling and edema
• Reduce calcium deposits in the body
• Manage scar tissue
Iontophoresis can be used in physical therapy for the local delivery of anesthetics (such as lidocaine), cortisteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs. and analgesics to inflamed joints, muscles, and subcutaneous tissues.
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Electric currents used to help decrease pain and swelling.
Training for your staff to reduce workplace injuries.
Medication introduced to the body through electric current to reduce pain.
Kinesio Taping (KT Taping)
Specialty tape applied strategically to support weak and unstable muscles and joints.
Manual Therapy / Joint Mobilization
Manual techniques used to correct joint alignment and improve mobility.
Deep pressure manual technique to break up scar tissue, spasms, and trigger points.
Photizo Light Therapy
Utilizing the healing properties of red light to increase circulation, decrease pain and swelling.
Specific exercises adjusted to facilitate healing through strength and mobility.
Massage techniques used to improve muscle length and mobility for improved range of motion.
Ultrasound and Phonophoresis
Utilizing sound waves to increase circulation in order to reduce pain and swelling, and improving mobility.
Application of positioning techniques to restore proper movement of inner ear crystals to correct dizziness.