What is TECAR Therapy?
Diathermy, meaning “through heat,” consists of the application of shortwave electromagnetic (RF) energy to tissue. TECAR therapy provides combines contact diathermy with electrotherapy to supply electromagnetic energy to biological tissue. Unlike electrotherapy, Tecar does not provoke muscle contraction.
When using Tecar Therapy, RF energy is delivered to the target area by a handpiece and a grounding pad placed elsewhere on the body. The entry of RF into the body at the point of contact leads to heating of a volume of tissue. This ability to heat a volume of tissue in a non-invasive way produces the immediate contraction of collagen, delaying the synthesis of collagen by thermal induction fibroblasts, and the production of epithelial, vascular growth factors.
TECAR therapy uses high-frequency currents for the bio-stimulation of tissue with different resistivity. With a therapeutic wavelength of 0.3 and 1.2 MHz, the heat-induced vasodilation caused by Tecar therapy increases the exchange of substances resulting in drainage of the inflamed area and an influx of reparative cells. TECAR therapy also offers pain-resolving properties through its stimulation of endorphin production.
Tecar therapy has a firm, safe and increasingly popular place in the therapeutic arsenal of sports medicine. The high-frequency current’s path and the created electromagnetic field are determined by the position of the electrodes and the patient’s body composition. The electromagnetic field created, capacitive or resistive, generates heat, allowing targeted, easy-to-manage therapeutic applications.
What is TECAR Therapy used for?
The beneficial effects of TECAR therapy is mostly used in physical therapy, rehabilitation and pain management:
- Bruises and sprains
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Sports traumas
- Muscle and tendon disorders
- Scar tissue
- Spine and peripheral joint disorders
- Vascular and lymphatic system disorders
- Orthopaedic disorders of the peripheral nervous system
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation
- Acute and chronic pain
Radiofrequency assisted medical devices have evolved dramatically in the last two decades to the point that that a simple set of fairly basic tools have now become an extremely sophisticated option. Most importantly, the clinician’s understanding of these devices ensures optomised treatment outcomes.
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Rodríguez Lastra Jesús and Piñero Méndez Ester (March 24th 2021). Use of an Evolution in Tecartherapy for Muscle Improvement and Treatment of Sports Injuries [Online First], IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.96776. Available from: https://www.intechopen.com/online-first/use-of-an-evolution-in-tecartherapy-for-muscle-improvement-and-treatment-of-sports-injuries