Infrared light is one of several innovative therapies that are being trialed for the management of patients with acute or chronic pain. The therapy uses certain wavelengths of light that are delivered to sites of the body that have injuries.
Unlike ultraviolet light - which has damaging effects upon the tissues and cells of the body - infrared light helps cells regenerate or repair themselves. Infrared light also improves the circulation of oxygen-rich blood in the body, promoting faster healing of deep tissues and relieving pain.
One of the characteristics of infrared light is its ability to penetrate below the skin layers, providing a much greater depth which is able to effectively provide pain relief. In fact, this invasive, natural, and painless method can provide a vast range of health benefits, without damaging the skin through UV radiation. Infrared light is the heat people feel when exposed to the sun
What are the benefits of infrared light therapy?
Infrared therapy has many roles in the human body. These include:
• Pain relief
• Reduction of muscle tension
• Improved circulation
• Weight loss
• Skin purification
• Lowered side effects of diabetes
• Boosting of the immune system and lowering of blood pressure
How does infrared therapy work?
Infrared light penetrates to the inner layers of the skin at about 2 to 7 centimeters deep. Hence, it reaches the muscles, nerves and even the bones. Many studies have shown that a frequency of infrared light, with wavelengths from 700 to 1,000 nanometers, is best used for healing inflammatory conditions.
What conditions can be treated with infrared therapy?
Infrared therapy is safe and effective, without adverse side effects. As a matter of fact, infrared light is safe and is used even for infants in the neonatal intensive care. Infrared light is absorbed by the photoreceptors in cells. Once absorbed, the light energy kickstarts a series of metabolic events, triggering several natural processes of the body on a cellular level.
Infrared light therapy is applied in the treatment of various health conditions including:
• back pain
• blunt trauma
• muscle strain
• carpal tunnel syndrome
• neck pain/ back pain
• rheumatoid arthritis
• temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
• surgical incisions