Information on iontophoresis treatments (polarity change)

Effectiveness of treatment and polarity change

In prin­ci­ple, the effect of HIDREX ion­tophore­sis does not depend on the polar­i­ty. How­ev­er, clin­i­cal stud­ies have shown that the anode (pos­i­tive elec­trode, con­nec­tion A) is slight­ly more effec­tive at the begin­ning of the treat­ment series than the cath­ode (neg­a­tive elec­trode, con­nec­tion B).


HIDREX connectION (standard) & HIDREX conceptION (optional) — Automatic polarity switching

To ensure a con­sis­tent treat­ment out­come on both treat­ment sides from the begin­ning, you can auto­mat­i­cal­ly change the polar­i­ty of devices equipped with­in a sin­gle treat­ment ses­sion. The volt­age is gen­tly reduced to 0V after the first half of the treat­ment, the polar­i­ty is changed and the volt­age is increased again to the set­ted volt­age. The PWF can only be used if the ther­a­py time is at least 10 min­utes, as short­er times would lead to an inef­fec­tive treat­ment.

The advan­tage of this is that you won’t need to remem­ber which polar­i­ty you need to use for each ses­sion.


HIDREX classicION — Manual polarity switching

We rec­om­mend that in the ini­tial phase not to change the polar­i­ty until one side has reached the desired skin dry­ness. If one side is dry enough (e.g. the right hand) the polar­i­ty should be changed once for the fur­ther ses­sions until the sec­ond side (e.g. the left hand) has reached the desired effect.
If the desired skin dry­ness is achieved on both sides (e.g. both hands), we rec­om­mend switch­ing the polar­i­ty with each treat­ment in the main­te­nance phase.
The polar­i­ty can be swapped by sim­ply switch­ing the cath­ode (B) and anode (A). For exam­ple, if, in a main­te­nance treat­ment ses­sion, the right hand is treat­ed with the anode and the left hand with the cath­ode, the fol­low­ing ses­sion should have the cath­ode on the right and the anode on the left, and so on.

Should you fail to make this switch, how­ev­er, this will not pose any risk or cause any side effects. Ulti­mate­ly, long-term ther­a­peu­tic suc­cess does not depend on the polar­i­ty.