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#103769 - 01/03/13 01:47 PM Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet?
austingirl Offline
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Registered: 12/31/11
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I have read several threads here and i believe it was mentioned that the rod held
during electrolysis is supposed to have a wet paper wrapped around it.

I had a test session done in another town, and the rod I held was just a metal rod, no wet paper towel wrapped around it. Another electrologist I spoke with recently also uses a 'dry' rod meaning no wet paper on it.

I contacted Apilus myself and the response was that it should be wet. So, I am
very confused about what is proper treatment.

Also, does anyone know of the safety of holding that rod. I just want to make sure it is safe. The person I used before used a foot pedal only.

Thank you.

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#103772 - 01/03/13 02:30 PM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: austingirl]
Cherrytree Offline

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austingirl,
The rod is called the 'indifferent bar' and is used in two ways -both of which require a damp contact pad around it and both of which are completely safe.

The first is for galvanic current circuit completion - so it is required in order to complete the circuit for galvanic aka direct current.
The reason the rod needs to be covered is that a good contact has to be established for the current to be complete and a damp, absorbent, flexible medium like a spontex pad or thickish wad of paper does that.

The second use of the rod involves the electrolysist's use of an auto mode on the epilator. This time, the rod is used for detection of current as opposed to completion of current circuit. In this case minimal contact of the skin with the rod is enough to do the job.

There are rules governing use of this bar and it is completely safe.
The rules are about establishing whether there are any 'obstacles' in the path of the current and removing or avoiding them if possible. These could be as simple as jewellery or they could be slightly more of a challenge like a metal hip replacement or they could be a contraindication to galvanic treatment altogether eg a cardiac pacemaker.

The more I think about your 2 practitioners not wrapping the bar for you, the more I think that they were not following best practice.

Other professionals will hopefully help me out here. Maybe there's a tip i've missed about the indifferent bar.

Hope this answers your question at least partly.

June x

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#103780 - 01/03/13 03:36 PM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: Cherrytree]
austingirl Offline
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Cherrytree-thanks for your response.

The rod in my case would be because the auto mode was used. So you are saying
that wrapping a wet paper would not be necessary if the rod was solely used for
the auto sensor mode?

But then you state that the 2 practicioners were not following best practice. Why is this? Germs on the rod?

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#103783 - 01/03/13 04:44 PM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: austingirl]
Willie Sedlar Offline
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The "rod" I call it the "electrode" must make contact with the skin to comlete the circuit. I have used machines that you can test the conductivity. I have used the test mode and have never had my machine say it didn't make good contact. Maybe I am just lucky. Some people have dry skin and need someting extra moisture to make good contact. I just took the electrode off of my machine and did some insertions holding onto the banana clip (no electrode) at all. It worked just fine in flash as well as Blend modalities. So to say it is wrong not to wrap the electrode with a wet towel or sponge I would have to disagree. It depends on the persons skin. I have used the electrode under my knee and i have done electrolysis while sitting on it. I have never added any moisture to it. I have sprayed electrode solution on the electrode for clients. So right or wrong it works either way for me and even with no electrode on the end of the wire. I am a professional so don't try this at home. hahaha.


Edited by Willie Sedlar (01/03/13 04:54 PM)

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#103786 - 01/03/13 07:45 PM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: Willie Sedlar]
Michael Bono Offline

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This is a GREAT comment coming, as it does, in relationship to the thread on "hydration." YES indeed, your machine will automatically BOOST the voltage to maintain the selected current level (measured in mA).

If the supposition that "higher voltage causes more pain" is true (and I DO think there is some truth to this), then your machine is showing correct current levels (and good contact), but you might be experiencing more pain from the increased voltage (automatically boosted). It’s at least conceivable.

My suggestion: Even though all modern machines maintain constant current, STILL use a wet electrode and even salt water if possible. (In my book, I recommended using “baby wipes,” but I have gone back to a wet sponge electrode and use salt water to soak the thing.)

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#103787 - 01/03/13 08:43 PM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: Michael Bono]
austingirl Offline
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Michael, I have a question for you. What exactly do you mean by the machine maintaining "constant current"? I thought the the electricity only went to the follicle when the probe made contact with the skin. Are you saying if I choose to use an electrologist who uses a sensor vs one who uses a foot pedal, I am getting more
electricity shooting through my body because it is maintaining a constant current so I would have an electrical current going through my body for the entirety of the session vs using a foot pedal in which tiny bursts of electricity are released only when the electrologist presses the foot pedal? I'm getting a little paranoid here, so I apologize.

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#103790 - 01/03/13 11:04 PM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: austingirl]
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He he he … well you did make me laugh a little austingirl. Whether the unit has “auto sense” (i.e., the machine goes “on” when the needle is inserted) … or, if they use a foot switch to turn on the current, there is no difference. It’s like this:

Suppose the therapist sets the DC at 0.5mA. She starts the machine (either by foot, or by auto-sense) the current goes “on” and the amount you get is the pre-selected 0.5mA. And, that’s it.

“Current” usually refers to actual electrons moving through a conductor (in this case your body). “Voltage” is like the pressure needed to push those electrons through the body, (there is always resistance to current flow ... unless, I think, you get to absolute zero?). The setting on the meter is a selection of current (or electrons, if you will), that travel in the body.

“Constant Current” means that if you select, say, 0.5mA … the voltage (pressure) will automatically go up or down to maintain that “constant current” flow of electrons.

Gosh, I hope I’m right on this. Maybe Brenton can help me on this. I think I basically got this right. The important thing? NO WORRIES, if it’s auto or foot switch … same thing.

I think the auto-start works by having an infinitesimal amount of current at the needle all the time. When the machine senses a change in conductivity/resistance (as from “no connection” to “wet body tissue”), the unit switches the current “on.” It’s a nice feature. Again, I might not have this entirely correct.

(Amazingly, there was an unending discussion about whether current goes from + to -, or from - to + Old literature said that there was a "buildup of electrons" at the “plus” pole and then went to the “negative” or electron-deficient pole. Today, it’s just the opposite. And, don’t even read this last paragraph, it’s BS for sure. True, but BS nevertheless.)

This electrical stuff is NOT my area of "knowing" at all, so wait for a much better explanation. Please ... help here folks!

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#103793 - 01/04/13 12:03 AM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: Michael Bono]
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This electrical stuff is NOT my area of "knowing" at all, so wait for a much better explanation. Please ... help here folks!


You know Mike, the electricity illustrations you had in your book to explain currents just made me laugh, a good laugh. I thought, this guy is truly a product of those 1950's - 1960's elementary school health and science films. You know, where the little tooth is jumping around with the toothbrush? smile The wizard/ magician picture I thought was the one that made me wonder smile

btw: Austin's the place. I miss all that good trailer food. I miss the big Peter Pan too. You have to love Maria's Gospel Brunch.
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#103794 - 01/04/13 12:08 AM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: Willie Sedlar]
beate_r Offline

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Originally Posted By: Willie Sedlar
... It worked just fine in flash as well as Blend modalities. So to say it is wrong not to wrap the electrode with a wet towel or sponge I would have to disagree. ...


Of course, blend also works with a blank electrode... BUT:

Apparently You seem to enjoy the feeling of the hydrochloric acid on Your skin which develops at the "rod" in blend and galvanic modes.


*breitmaulfroschartiges Grinsen über alle vier Backen*

(you might try to look that up in dict.leo.org smile )

(using wet paper or sponge to cover the rod will cause the chemical reaction occur between sponge an metal instead of skin and metal)
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#103796 - 01/04/13 12:53 AM Re: Is the rod held during electro supposed to be wet? [Re: beate_r]
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austin girl,
I tried to think through the context of your treatments.You said that the 2 were testers, didn't you?
In the context of a test treatment, I think that it would be less than best practice (maybe that's a bit harsh) to use auto mode as we don't know until we've performed a few epilations, how the skin and hair of a new client are going to respond.

And for the reasons mentioned by others, above, the bar is always damp-covered in my world. (i never mentioned the HCL in my post as I didn't want to freak you out! smile HCl is sometimes a scary word for clients and as it is hardly ever a problem and never a serious one, I don't mention it!)
June

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