The use of Capacitive Resistive Electrical Transfer in different knee structures: a cadaveric study
We often wonder what the effects of physical therapy are on deep tissue. Equally often there is no certainty that the energy transferred by the stimulus actually arrives where it is needed.
In the recent study “Thermal and non-thermal effects of capacitive – resistive electric transfer application on different structures of the knee: a cadaveric study“, published in Nature‘s Scientific Reports, one of the most prestigious journals in the world, we find an answer to this question. Through the results, we will probably change the way we analyze the effects of instrumental physical therapy. The study was conducted through the use of a WINTECARE T-Plus device.
Through this study, it was possible to know in more detail which physical phenomena are triggered within the different layers of deep tissue when we apply an electromagnetic field, for example, in the knee joint. In fact, post-surgical rehabilitation, for example in the case of a cruciate ligament reconstruction, represents a very important phase in the patient’s functional recovery.
Before this study, questions were asked about how to induce tissue repair processes. To do this it was necessary that the stimulus used did not increase the temperature of the tissue to levels that were sometimes harmful to the tissue itself. We now know that with a device like the WINTECARE T-Plus it is possible to induce deep electrical / metabolic effects while maintaining a stable physiological temperature for the duration of the treatment. A result already widely suggested by clinical practice which today is confirmed by the data reported by the team of the University of Barcelona who drafted the study for which you can find the link button below.
The publication also reports interesting values as regards the thermal effects of Capacitive Resistive Energy Transfer. In fact, in the detailed tables there are unpublished references regarding the power thresholds necessary to induce an increase in temperature up to the inside of the joint structures, as deep as a posterior cruciate ligament.
But, specifically, what can this increase serve? For example, when it is necessary to improve viscoelasticity, range of motion or to stimulate peripheral blood circulation in a very relevant way.
Finally, a final point highlighted by the study is that beyond the applied power, another very important quantity to control during the treatment is the amount of current transferred / generated in the tissue. A variable that in the case of the WINTECARE T-Plus device can be constantly monitored and used as a precursor of thermal or non-thermal effects.
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