What is it?
The term “tecar,” or “tecar therapy,” refers to “Capacitive Resistive Energy Transfer.” This type of therapy, although used in Italy for quite some time, has only become popular in the last 20 years.
Tecar therapy is a type of technique that transfers energy to biological tissues by enhancing physiological reparative processes. Tecar’s raison d’être lies in the fact that following an injury, a trauma or a degenerative process, the basic biological processes for tissue repair are altered or slowed down. Applying the physical principle of condensing, tecar therapy – unlike other electro-medical processes that produce energy from the outside – is unique in that it creates endogenous energy transfer via the alternating attraction/repulsion of ion electrical charges inside the tissue.
Tecar therapy has two modes of application:
- Capacitive: a mobile electrode device is held by a physiotherapist and isolated, so that electrical charges accumulate close to the hand-piece. This mode stimulates soft outer tissues (muscles, vascular and lymphatic systems, etc.)
- Resistive: the mobile electrode device is not isolated and therefore charges can reach tissues with a greater resistance, or that allow less energy to pass. This technique is therefore used for bone, cartilage and tendon issues.
Tecar therapy is becoming very popular thanks to:
- A huge response from patients, as the therapy is pleasant;
- Its ability to treat a variety of skeletal muscle disorders;
- Its effectiveness in stimulating natural repair processes.
Although it adapts to all skeletal muscle ailments, only trained members of staff can administer this electro-medical therapy as each ailment has its own treatment characteristics which, if not known, can limit the therapy’s effectiveness.
There are many benefits to tecar therapy, including:
- Stimulation of the tissue’s basal metabolism;
- Increased arterial blood flow with the greater supply of nutrients and oxygen to injured tissue;
- Increased venous and lymphatic blood flow with greater removal of waste substances from the treatment area;
- Endogenous increase in local temperature of the treated area (indirect effect).
Ailments that can be treated
Sprains, tendinitis, bursitis, bone and joint injuries, muscle and tendon injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, cervicalgia, lower back pain, frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, epicondylitis or tennis elbow, medial epicondylitis or golfer’s elbow, muscle pain, joint pain, osteoporosis, trigger finger, metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, sacroiliitis, ligament injuries, hematomas, oedema, osteitis pubis and sports injuries.
This treatment is not recommended for
Tecar therapy is absolutely not recommended for patients with a pacemaker and/or other implanted electronic devices, pregnant women or patients with cancer.