|Q. What does Hivamat electrostatic therapy involve?
Most of our treatments will start with a telephone consultation to establish the nature of your condition. In the case of treatment with Hivamat we will also establish that it is safe to proceed by asking if you have any medical condition which may prevent safe treatment taking place - your therapist will go through a list of conditions, some of which will require consent from your doctor in order for treatment to proceed.There are certain medical conditions which prevent the use of Hivamat electrotherapy - for more information click here.
When you arrive at the treatment room your therapist will assess your condition further and ask you to sign the consultation form to give your consnet to treatment.
Your therapist will request that you remove the appropriate clothng in order for your treatment to commence ( a screened area is provided) and you will be asked to take a position on the massage table or chair - exposed untreated areas of the body will be kept warm with towels. Talcum powder will be applied to the skin as it is important that the affected are is free from moisture.
In order for electrostatic energy to be distributed and 'drained' from the body you will be asked to hold a steel bar in the palm of one hand which connects by wire to the Hivamat unit. This creates a circuit between you and the therapist who is also connected to the unit. This is safe and you will not feel the electrostatic energy.
Your therapist will wear gloves through which the electrostatic energy flows. A combination of massage and electrotherapy will commence with static electricity 'picking up' and 'dropping' tissue around the affected area whilst your therapist massages the area.
Electrostatic treatment in this way will continue for up to about 20 minutes (dependant on condition) after which your therapist will continue with an oil based massage to complement and restore.
Your therapist may ask you to fill in an 'evaluation of treatment form' at some point during your course of treatment.