Tecar therapy: what it is, benefits and contraindications

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Tecar therapy. In recent years, this rehabilitation technique has become increasingly popular, used mainly to treat trauma and inflammation. But what exactly is Tecar therapy and what are the benefits? Does it have any contraindications?

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Tecartherapy. In recent years, this mainly used rehabilitation technique has become increasingly popular to treat trauma and inflammation. But what exactly is Tecar therapy e what benefits does it bring? Does it have any contraindications?

Tecar therapy, also called only Tecar (Capacitive and resistive energy transfer) It is a very popular modern therapy used in recent years as it has been shown to be particularly effective in eliminating pain and inflammation in the joints, muscles and spine.

The Tecar is in fact indicated for treat joint and muscle pathologies, trauma, tendinopathies, nerve pathologies, acute or chronic pain. To do all this, it uses a special machine (which generates a high frequency magnetic field) connected to a metal plate that must be passed by an expert on the area to be treated.

This modern healing technique can therefore be used in case of:

• Muscle injuries

• Tendon injuries

• Injuries to the ligaments

• Muscle strains and strains

• Sprains

• Edema

• Tendinitis

• Bunions

• Trauma

• Cervicalgie

• Lumbago and low back pain

• Meniscus injuries

• Algie

• Plantar fasciitis

• Pubalgia syndrome

• Post-operative rehabilitation

There are also other possible problems that can be treated with Tecar therapy, it will be the specialized professional who will evaluate when to use this technique rather than anything else.



The instrument used in Tecarterapia exploits the principle of the condenser and is able to increase vasodilation in the treated area, in this way there is a greater blood supply and increase in temperature from the inside. This concretely means that the body is helped and stimulated to heal itself by itself.

It is essentially one endogenous thermotherapy or rather a therapy that is based on heat, however, the peculiarity lies precisely in the fact that the machine is able to stimulate the body's internal heat production.

With Tecar you can work in two different modes: capacitive and resistive. The first is used in case of soft tissue problems, for example muscles but also connective tissue, blood and lymphatic vessels. While the second is indicated in case the problem is deeper or involving harder tissues such as bones, cartilages or joints. Often, however, both methods are used alternately during a treatment.

On Tecar therapy we must therefore know that:

• Increases vasodilation

• Increase the heat from the inside

• Increases blood circulation

• Increases tissue oxygenation

• Stimulates the body to heal itself

• Stimulates lymphatic drainage

• It's a endogenous thermotherapy

• Depending on the problem you can work in mode capacitive or resistive

• Stimulates the release of endorphins (and therefore acts on pain)

The difference offered by Tecar therapy compared to other techniques in which the healing power of heat is used is that in this case it is generated directly inside the fabric and not conveyed from the outside to the inside.


Tecar therapy is able to accelerate the natural regenerative processes of the organismor and especially cellular repairs, too is able to reduce pain with the advantage of speeding up recovery from trauma or from the problem that hit the body.

The best results obtained with Tecar therapy are in the treatment of problems with the spine, feet and hands, shoulders, ankles, knees or hips. Tecar is widely used in the treatment of athletes thanks to its particularly fast results.

In summary, Tecar therapy is able to:

• Helping the body's regenerative processes

• Reduce pain

• Speed ​​up recovery after trauma

• Treat problems in almost all parts of the body

• Help sports people


A session usually lasts a maximum of 30 minutes and it may be necessary, depending on the area to be treated and the acute or chronic situation, to carry out a cycle of 5-10 treatments. The benefits are noticeable, however, from the first treatment.

If you are wondering if Tecar therapy really works, the answer is yes! Naturally, it must be performed by specialized personnel after evaluating the situation of the person as a whole and establishing an appropriate therapeutic action plan.

The session takes place like this: the patient is made to lie down on a bed after taking off the clothes relative to the area to be treated. At this point the therapist applies a gelatinous substance to the point of the body affected by the problem on which he will place the mobile plate attached to the Tecar therapy machine and the massage will begin in which you will immediately feel a great heat. At the end of the treatment, the gelatinous substance is simply removed with paper.

Summarizing, therefore, Tecar therapy:

• It takes place in sessions of 30 minutes maximum

• Cycles of 5-10 treatments are often expected

• It is carried out by specialized personnel

• It is part of a personalized treatment plan


Tecar therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment and suitable for everyone since it has no particular contraindications. Not recommended for pregnant women and those wearing pacemakers onlyr (unless your treating physician after evaluating the situation as a whole recommends it). Some attention must also be paid to those who are particularly sensitive to temperature.

Tecar therapy is therefore to be avoided (unless otherwise medical evaluation) in a few circumstances:

• pregnancy

• if you wear a pacemaker

• if you are particularly sensitive to high temperatures

And you have you ever tried the benefits of Tecar therapy? Tell us your experience.

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