You may or may not have heard about TECAR therapy and wondered what it is or how it may be of benefit to you. They are starting to pop up around the allied health arena, but is it worth it?
What is TECAR?
How does it help the healing process?
- Haemostasis Phase
Haemostasis begins at the onset of injury; the objective is to stop any bleeding. This is done by platelets coming into contact with collagen, resulting in activation and aggregation to form a clot. These clots are either seen as bruising or a scab.
2. Inflammatory Phase
Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, enter the wound to destroy bacteria and remove debris. Other white blood cells called macrophages secrete proteins and growth factors that attract immune system cells to the wound to begin tissue repair. This can take anywhere from 24 and 48 hours after injury.
3. Proliferative Phase
This phase of healing involves filling the wound, contracting the wound margins, and covering the wound. This can take anywhere from 4 to 24 days depending on the severity of the injury.
4. Maturation Phase
New tissues slowly gain strength and flexibility. Collagen fibres reorganise, the tissues remodel and mature, and there is an overall increase in tensile strength. This can take anywhere from 21 days to two years depending on the severity of the injury.
How is TECAR used?
How does it feel?
Generally, TECAR emits a gentle heat that is pleasant and well-tolerated by most people. The neurodynamic application may be a little like a stretch as you move your limb through a range of motion. If the movement is painful your physiotherapist will ask you to move in a comfortable range. As the treatment progresses you will notice that the range improves and your pain reduces. While the fascia release tool can be a little painful. Your physiotherapist will let you know which technique they recommend and whether it will be painful.
How do I know if TECAR could benefit me?
- If your injury is acute or an acute flare-up of a chronic injury then a TECAR treatment could be of benefit for your injury
- If swelling is inhibiting your ROM in a joint, then TECAR may be able to help
- If you have lost ROM from an old injury then TECAR may be able to help restore or improve your ROM
Book an appointment
If you believe that TECAR therapy may be a good treatment option for you then call the Vitalis Physiotherapy reception team on 0410 559 856 to book an initial consultation with our highly experienced physiotherapists.
For more information, please see our FAQs or contact the clinic.