F.R.P. Gives The Athlete The Competitive Edge And Helps Restore Function Quicker With Less Pain For the Injured Athlete.

 

     The process of achieving the competitive edge over another competitor,  or of restoration of full function,  is a dual process of exercise and electrical stimulation in concert with each other.   Electrical stimulation of muscle nerves has an ultimate outcome of increased torque or power.   This process is achieved by volitional contractions accompanied by muscle fiber recruitment with electrical stimulation.   

      The Infrex FRM actually excites the closest and largest muscle fibers first, while exercising, and with the intensity increased during exercise recruits more distant and smaller muscle fibers.   This process aids in function restoration and increased range of motion for higher torque.   The targeted fibers are stimulated by the 8,000+ frequency of the Infrex FRM thus allowing stimulation not available with other stimulation devices.   

       

  The FRP  video below ( coming soon) explains how the world class athlete, weekend golfer, professional tennis player or NBA star

 

1.  expands range of motion,

 

2.  increases torque for greater strength, and

 

3.  delays fatique for a competitive advantage.

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Treating Tennis Elbow With Iontophoresis Print E-mail

Tennis Elbow Can Be Treated With Iontophoresis Rather Than a Painful Shot or Injection


    Cortisone injections are often used for conditions such as "tennis elbow" and that entails a painful needle in the elbow procedure that is not fun and is indeed painful, but does not have to be that way.

    There's a non painful process called "iontophoresis" that will drive the cortisone into the joint capsule while you read a book.  Heck if it's a boring book you might sleep through the process!!

    Iontophoresis is the introduction of medicinal ions by electricity. The physical therapist does this as part of their treatments they are licensed to do because:

1.  Not painful,

2.  Does not require having to overdose using a systemic orally ingested drug in order to get the correct amount to the affected area,

3.  Localizes drug into area where it is needed,

4.  Drug can remain in affected area for longer time periods increasing absorption by tissues needing the medication.

    Let me elaborate on this.

  The physical therapist applies two stick-on electrodes, that have the medicine in the electrode pad along with what is called a "buffering" agent which is generally water, on each side of the elbow.  The water allows the dispersement of the medical ions within the pad so the medication is administered evenly under the self adhering electrode.  The patient feels nothing other than the sticking of the electrode on; which is equivalent to putting on a band aid.  Contrast this with a needle inserted into the joint!!

   Since the medication is being administered directly to the joint tissue a larger dose is not needed compared to oral drugs.  With oral drugs it's necessary to administer much higher doses since much of the actual drug is lost in our digestive system and does not get to the area it is needed.  The larger doses lead to adverse reactions and other complications.  Generally speaking the dosage for an iontophoresis treatment is 5 - 7% that of an ingested drug.

   Often a second medication is used, such as epinephrine (epi).  Epi is a vasoconstrictor which constricts the vein so the medication remains in the affected area for longer periods of time for tissue absorption.  This process elevates the relief from the treating medication, cortisone.

   The basic principle behind iontophoresis is like charges repel and unlike charges attract.  The cortisone ions have a specific charge, either positive or negative, and the iontophoresis machine is set to be the same charge as the ions.  If a negative (-) ion then the negative charge of the iontophoresis unit will repel the ions into the body and to the targeted joint. 

   If this is so much less painful and easier for the patient then why is it not done more often?

   The reimbursement rate for the procedure does not justify the time of the treating physical therapist or physician therefore it's rarely used.  That is unfortunate since many patients refuse to do treatments after the first one due to the pain of the injection itself.

  

 

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