Human Tecar Therapy is a unique manual therapy treatment used in physiotherapy and popular with professional athletes. It uses a combination of sophisticated manual techniques with electrotherapy technologies.
The ALO Clinic has invested heavily in a new electrotherapy technology called Human Tecar. The key benefits of Tecar are that it:
- Accelerates pain reduction in comparison to other electrotherapies such as ultra-sound
- Accelerates the natural healing mechanisms of the body thereby reducing recovery time
Tecar activates the treated area by applying a biocompatible radiant energy which increases the cellular metabolic processes and by stimulating the innate energy within biological tissues, it activates the body’s natural repair and anti-inflammatory processes.
André works closely the the Human Tecar team for several years ensuring the highest levels of knowledge and skill in treating a wide range of conditions. André was the first Physiotherapist to bring Human Tecar equipment to the UK and is therefore the preferred partner of Human Tecar within the UK.
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Scientific Studies for Tecar Therapy
Tecar vs. Ultrasound for Treatment of Degenerative Neck Pain
A study at the University of Valencia on degenerative neck pain involving 100 patients was randomised into two groups of Tecar and Ultra-sound. It showed a statistically significant pain reduction in the Tecar group at days 1,4,5,6. In addition, there were greater limitations on flexion, extension and cervical rotation in the Ultrasound group. Therefore, there was a greater need for further physiotherapy support in the Ultrasound group as a result often 2 to 3 times greater than the Tecar group.
Study on Pain Relief and Return to Function in Active Athlete Population
A study of 116 active athletes showed a significant reduction in pain and significant improvement in recovery times when compared to standard recovery protocols, as well as significant improvements in return to function.
Tecar vs. TENS in Phantom Limb Pain
A 40 patient study was randomised into 2 groups of 20. Tecar showed immediate reduction in pain especially where VAS was at 10 pre-treatment. VAS is a pain scale, with 10 being the maximum pain and zero no pain. Tecar showed an earlier relief from pain when compared to TENS reaching earlier statistical significance. Tecartherapy has a therapeutic analgesic effect that is more significant and immediate in short term phantom limb pain when compared to TENS.
Tecar Study in a Single Centre across a Range of Pathologies
A total of 117 patients were treated using Tecar with the following findings summarised as follows:
35 Osteo-Arthritis patients with 29 out of 35 showing good to excellent functional improvements.
24 Spinal Pathologies with 20 out of 24 showing good to excellent functional improvements.
43 Sciatica patients with 20 asymptomatic post the 5th treatment, a further 7 asymptomatic post the 8th treatment and a further 16 showing pain reduction.
15 Herniated Disc patients with 6/15 asymptomatic post 3 weeks and 4/15 showing slight pain.
Tecar in the Treatment of Chronic Osteo-Arthritis in the Elderly
217 OA patients in an open series over a 4 year period with pain and function as the key measures. 85% showed good to excellent overall results and 62% a significant improvement in patients who had chronic issues and were treated with other forms of electrotherapy.
We thought that our new patients that haven't had the benefit of trying out Tecar would like to see some photos of how it's done!
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Testimonial - Keith Dunleavy
I have been treated by Andre for well over eight years, he has kept me playing elite level sport at 49, when the injuries I had sustained should have kept me out of my chosen events. It is my pleasure to recommend his services to you. Not only professional and a deep understanding of the TECAR technology, but also a thoroughly decent man.
Testimonial - Giorgio Di Centa Olympic Gold, Cross Country Skiing, Turin 2006
Before Human Tecar, team recovery times were very long. Now we manage to resolve any injury or disorder quickly. With Human Tecar, symptoms vanish completely and results are more stable
Testimonial - Renato Pasini (Gold), Nordic Ski World Championships, Sapporo – Japan 2007
Human Tecar is definitely an advantage in that, besides aiding in recovery from injuries, it helps to rid the body of accumulated muscle fatigue
Testimonial - Asafa Powell World Record, 100m Sprint
Human Tecar makes my physique more flexible and relaxed, allowing for a faster and more pleasurable recovery from training
Testimonial - Andrew Howe, Silver Medalist Long Jump, World Championships Osaka 2007
Human Tecar helps me regain maximum muscular elasticity