The Iontophoresis Method
Iontophoresis (fun to say, isn’t it?) is a type of modality treatment that is incorporated in various physical therapy routines. It helps to decrease inflammation and irritation in muscles and tendons. It is most commonly used to help treat tendonitis, bursitis, and planter’s fasciitis. Instead of treating an area or a whole muscle as other methods do, Iontophoresis is a localized treatment that helps relieve pain at the source. Iontophoresis uses different dosages of medication within the patches, but varies depending on patient tolerance. Because Iontophoresis gives more of a prickling sensation, it isn’t always considered as ‘comfortable’. Dominic Turner explains how this method is often used as an alternative to cortisone injections, but it similar to other treatments because it uses electricity.