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How Does Iontophoresis Work

How Does Iontophoresis Work

Are you confused about how iontophoresis works? It is very effective when it comes to controlling your excessive sweating. As you read below in this article you will be able to understand what iontophoresis is, how it works, and other relevant information you need to know before you give it a try.

What is Iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis is an apparatus that is powered by batteries, and can be used to treat too much sweating. It functions by sending very small amounts of electrical currents to shock and temporarily block your sweat glands inside the body. Iontophoresis is usually used to control the excessive sweating in your hands or feet, but you can also use it for excessive sweating under your arms.

How does Iontophoresis work?

Iontophoresis involves using regular tap water. Fill a bucket or your tub (pretty much anywhere where you can immerse the clammy area in to). Then plug the iontophoresis electric box and submerge whatever part of your body that needs iontophoresis into the water. The electric current will travel to the affected area.

Is it painful?

Most people report that it does hurt a little, however others say it feels good. There are also others who experienced minor irritation, but not overall pain.

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It really depends on how you handle pain because everybody is different.

(Personally, I’ve used it for a while, and I’ve only felt a tingling sensation.)

Experienced users and studies shows that using low voltages for a long period of time is more effective than high voltage usage over short periods of time. So, if you are going to use this treatment, perhaps use a low voltage current.

How effective is it?

The verdict is inconclusive on this one. Some individuals have experienced positive results and have reported that their sweating has substantially decreased.

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Others have reported that nothing happened after using it for days or weeks.

So, overall, the effects are individual, depending on how your body reacts to iontophoresis.

How should I use it?

Initially you can do 7 individual treatments spaced out over a period of one month. The sessions vary from 20-40 minutes, depending on what area you’re targeting. You can then follow up with a maintenance treatment when your hands, feet, or armpits start to become clammy.

The amount of maintenance treatments depends on the person. You can do it twice per week or twice per month, whatever works for you.

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How much does it cost?

This device can be very expensive, costing approximately $365 (for low quality) to roughly $850 for the highest quality. There are videos on the internet where you can find tutorials on how to make a homemade iontophoresis device (however this is highly not recommended).

Conclusion

It may be the best way to stop excessive sweating for some, but the worst for others; everyone’s body is different.

Please don’t think that you need iontophoresis after one day of heavy sweating.

Sweating can be a normal reaction in certain situations. For example while on the road to an interview you look at your armpits and find out that you are sweating a lot. This may be normal because you are nervous.

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Or, perhaps you start sweating when you are running at the gym. Your body expels sweat as a way to cool down. Again, this may just be normal.

In some cases though, excessive sweating may be a sign of a medical problem.

Sweating may be a sign of an infection, diabetes, or thyroid problems. Unnecessary sweating is also more prevalent in people who are out of shape or overweight.

If you are concerned about too much sweating, it may be a good idea to see your doctor to check if the excessive sweating is not caused by an underlying medical problem.

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10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

The Deadlift. It is the quintessential weightlifting exercise. According to David Robson, a bodybuilder, personal trainer and contributor to Bodybuilding.com,

“In my experience as an athlete, and based on the results witnessed by many of my personal training clients, the deadlift, if performed correctly, will build unparalleled mass while strengthening all the major muscles groups.

Yes, many will argue that the squat is the King of Exercises, and will contribute to more strength and size gains than any other exercise.

While it is true that the squat does rank as one of the best size builders (and on this basis alone should be included in everyone’s program), the deadlift, in my opinion, builds the upper and lower body like no other movement.”

The deadlift is done by simply grasping your free-weight bar (with as many weights as you can feasibly – not comfortably – lift) and lifting up until your standing up with the bar hanging in front of you, arms extended.

1. Increased Fat Burning

Alwyn Cosgrove, a personal trainer and fitness author, recently wrote about a study where: “Overweight subjects were assigned to three groups: diet-only, diet plus aerobics, diet plus aerobics plus weights. The diet group lost 14.6 pounds of fat in 12 weeks. The aerobic group lost only one more pound (15.6 pounds) than the diet group (training was three times a week starting at 30 minutes and progressing to 50 minutes over the 12 weeks).

The weight training group lost 21.1 pounds of fat (44% and 35% more than diet and aerobic only groups respectively). Basically, the addition of aerobic training didn’t result in any real world significant fat loss over dieting alone.”

Lifting weights and resistance training will burn more fat than just dieting or dieting with cardio exercise alone.

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2. Better Posture

Deadlifting increases your core strength and adds to core stability, according to Robson. Deadlifting targets all of the muscles responsible for your posture and enables you to keep your back straighter during regular daily activities.

3. More Muscles Worked

The Deadlift works more muscles than any other exercise, including the squat. The lift engages all of the major muscle groups, according to exercise physiologist Kevin Farley. If you need to do one exercise, this is the one to do. The Deadlift works your lower and upper body, including your back muscles.

4. Increased Real Life Lift

When you do other lifting exercises, like a bench press, for example, you’re not doing anything you might really do in real life. When are you ever going to have the need to lay on your back and push something in the air — unless you’re giving your two-year-old “flying lessons.” The Deadlift develops the muscles you need to actually carry something, like a bucket of water, those heavy grocery bags or your neighbor’s dining room table.

5. It’s Safe

The Deadlift is one of the safest weightlifting exercises you can perform. You aren’t going to get pinned under the weight or have to worry about it pulling you over backwards. If you get into trouble, you can simply drop it…making for a loud bang, no doubt, but no damage. You also don’t have to have a spotter to perform this exercise.

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6. Improved Grip Strength

According to Outlaw Fitness:

“Deadlifts are renowned for their ability to build massive amounts of grip strength, and for good reason. Your fingers are literally the only things connecting you to the weight of the bar. Your forearms have to work incredibly hard as you progress in weight to keep the bar from falling out of your hands. Subsequently your grip strength grows by leaps and bounds.”

7. Increases Hormones

Now don’t worry, these aren’t the hormones that will make you more emotional! Instead, by doing at least 8 to 10 repetitions of Deadlifts with significant weight, you can increase the amount of testosterone and growth hormone produced by your body.

Testosterone increases muscle growth and improves muscle repair while growth hormone, which is produced by your pituitary gland, promotes tissue healing, bone strength, muscle growth and fat loss.

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8. Cheap and Easy

A lot of exercises require a lot of equipment, special shoes or whatever. Not the Deadlift. Just a bar with some weight. Pick it up. Simple. You can usually find freeweights and a bar at a thrift store – or being given away by a friend – making it even cheaper.

9. Increased Cardio

Believe it or not, doing 10 repetitions of Deadlifts will increase your cardiovascular ability. You might want to make sure you have somewhere to sit down when you’re done!

10. Prevents Injury

The Deadlift can help prevent injuries by increasing the strength of your muscles around critical tendons and ligaments. Supporting joints with strong muscles is crucial to preventing injury, especially in the hamstrings and lower back, according to Outlaw Fitness.

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