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|Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:03 am Post subject: How high shall I fill in the water in the trays?
|How much water should I pour into the trays?
>>> Only for the treatment of hands and feet ... <<<
Water conducts electricity!
No, this is not a joke!
The important thing is to put the water where you want it to achieve an effect! This rule applies regardless of the manner of treatment or the treated body part.
Red flag: pain
1) Localised or spotty pain: If you experience pain of any kind, it absolutely makes sense to select the water level accordingly and make sure it doesn't touch the aching area.
2) If the treatment itself is painful, e.g. your entire hand or foot aches, the current you are using is too high. Ideally, you should only feel a faint tingling sensation. This means that the current has been adjusted correctly.
IMPORTANT: As a rule, the treatment will take effect in all body parts below as well as 2 centimetres above the water level. This rule knows individual exceptions.
Read more on the topic here.
Generally, this means that half a centimetre of water is more than enough. With the electrodes and the grids in place (or in the case of Hidrex, drenched towels), you will have 1 to 3 millimetres of water available for your treatment.
Many users have achieved the fastest and biggest effects with the following method: first, treat "ONLY" the soles or palms. In this method, the water level is at its lowest (Idromed: 1-2 millimetres above the grids, Hidrex: fully drenched towels). If the sides of your hands or feet are still sweating even after you have successfully treated your palms/soles, you can adjust the water level accordingly. If it isn't possible to treat BOTH areas using the same water level, you may follow an approach many other users have found helpful: gradually pour more water after a certain amount of time and use different water levels in the same sitting.
If you are using the Hidrex towels, you can reproduce this effect by drenching the towels completely, so that the water will not reach any higher level than the towels themselves.
IMPORTANT, please keep in mind while reading this article: Most users require the most effective treatment for their soles or palms. This is where the skin is at its thickest. If you pour more water, the majority of the electric current will enter the thinner skin at the sides of your feet or hands instead of the soles or palms.
If only your soles are sweating, there's no point in immersing your feet ankle-deep in water. In fact, this puts you at a disadvantage, since the skin of the soles is much thicker than the skin of your instep. The current will take the path that offers the least resistance, thus passing areas that usually do not suffer from hyperhidrosis. This will not achieve any effect - apart from the fact that you will not experience the desired outcomes on your soles.
Additionally, you will encounter the problem of not being able to amp up the current, since the skin of the instep is more tender and cannot handle currents well. As you can see, this approach comes with a double drawback: the currents used are lower than they could be, and areas not suffering from hyperhidrosis will receive all the electricity. This is a waste of the therapy's potential. Both things together are probably the biggest mistake users can make, as well as the major reason why the therapy may remain unsuccessful.
Since thinner skin allows larger amounts of electricity to pass, this is where potential side-effects will show. Injuries around the nails are another reason not to pour too much water, since injuries decrease the resistance of the skin. They take the brunt of electric currents. Amateur electricians might be familiar with the term voltage divider: this describes the effect above rather well. Making this mistake will significantly decrease your chances to achieve an ideal result.
Should the sweating affect the back of your hands or feet, you can pour 1 centimetre of water and put a cotton !! washcloth on the area you want to treat. If you're sweating all the way up to your ankles, you can put on tennis socks. The same applies to the hands: simply put on cotton gloves, such as you might find in a DIY store.
If you want to treat these areas in addition to your soles or palms, it is often required to treat the body parts separately. This means that if you experience hyperhidrosis in your entire hand, it will make more sense to treat the palms first and then, in another sessions the back of your hand. It is often impossible to treat all parts at once, unless you only need to treat the palms and smaller parts of the sides.
If you only experience sweating in defined areas - e.g., the back of your foot is always dry, but the rest of your foot tends to sweat all the way up to the ankle -, it's a good idea to cut down the socks so that they will only reach shortly below the ankle, as well as crop out the part that covers the back of your foot.
Alternatively, you can use lotion or duct tape to isolate areas of your skin from the current.
In this case, if the current density is no longer enough to treat your soles or palms, you can simply treat different areas separately.
A user's soles are sweating, as well as the backs of their feet.
This user might:
treat their feet for 15 minutes with the water reaching shortly above the grids (for the soles)
add 10 minutes wearing tennis socks (e.g. adjusted as described above) or using a cotton cloth for the backs of their feet.
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