Focus on Winback’s SWAP mode

TECAR or tecartherapy is a joint and muscle regeneration process which has become popular in recent years.

It’s based on stimulating the body’s natural repair mechanisms to promote rapid recovery of joint and muscle function. The CET electrode is used to treat soft tissues (muscles and other fluid tissues), and provides local action that is superficial or semi-deep. The RET electrode acts on hard tissues (bones and joints). SWAP mode, which is offered by Back3 Color, was devised to improve efficiency and save time and is a significant asset.

It combines the properties of CET (local treatment) and RET (remote treatment).

As a result, Winback energy is distributed between the two most commonly used electrodes.

SWAP mode alternately stimulates vascularized soft tissue and hard tissue during the same treatment (alternating between CET and RET mode every three seconds).

The CET electrode is insulated and enables you to work locally at a depth of 2–5cm. The RET electrode is not insulated and the energy is delivered to the return plate.
As a result it’s essential to position this appropriately in order to stimulate the desired area.

The main advantage of SWAP mode lies in the ability to treat the area of the lesion both locally (which will promote healing or provide pain relief) and at a distance (deep drainage or radiating pain path).

It will be very popular for the following pathologies :

  • Muscular lesions: use CET mode in the area of the lesion and RET mode when working on the surrounding area (Ganzit et al., 2015).
  • Hematoma following a blow to the knee: use CET mode to stimulate microcirculation and RET mode for deep drainage (Clijsen et al., 2020).
  • Use of CET mode to achieve local analgesia on painful points, and RET mode on the radiating pain path (Morelli et al., 2016).

Example: treatment with SWAP mode on a professional baseball player
who suffered a blow to the knee during a match

SWAP is a truly time-saving mode, and for good reason:
most of the Winback protocols involve the use of both CET and RET modes.

SWAP combines the two, offering practitioners a real time saving.

The key features of SWAP mode for saving time and increasing efficiency are:

  • From a practical point of view: this mode allows combined CET/RET treatments, with the possibility to work hands-free, and treatments are often shorter (roughly 15 minutes).
  • From an efficiency point of view, this double stimulation has undoubted benefits:
    • Metabolic: local healing and deep vascularization
    • Draining: deep microcirculatory effect
    • Pain relief: local and radiating