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Physical Therapy, Electromagnetic Field

Diadynamic Current Therapy

What are diadynamic currents

This treatment uses a simultaneous application of galvanic and alternating electric currents (so-called diadynamic currents). These have an inhibitory or facilitatory effect, depending on the frequency, intensity and other parameters. They are applied via plate electrodes with protective sheaths placed either across or along the treated area. The length of a standard treatment is between 6-12 minutes.

How diadynamic currents help

Diadynamic currents may relieve pain, relax or stimulate the muscles, or improve blood circulation in the limbs. You may perceive the tingling and reddening of the skin or light muscle contractions, respectively. Diadynamic currents cannot be used in obese patients as the fat deposits under the skin block the conduction of this type of electricity into the target tissues.

More information about treatment including indications and contraindications

Electrotherapy is either performed by a physiotherapist or by a trained nurse. It usually lasts a few minutes (up to 20), only the direct current needs a rather long time to act – from 30 to 60 minutes. Electrotherapy may be combined with ultrasound and is most effective if taken in a series of applications. The frequency and length of applications must be prescribed by a physician as well as the precise current type, its application method, etc. Some currents are applied by means of plate electrodes placed in humid protective sheaths onto your skin and fastened with straps, while others are better used with suction-cup, pen-like or button electrodes. The vacuum effect produced by suction cups may alternate so a micro-massage of the underlying tissue improves the circulation and flow of oxygen into it.

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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