Infrared therapy is a simple and painless technique that uses light to treat chronic and acute pain. In this therapy, there are certain wavelengths of lights that are distributed to the sites of the body which have injuries. The most important feature of infrared light is its capability to penetrate below the skin layers, promoting faster healing of deep tissues and pain relief.
For this purpose, infrared lamps are utilized. Infrared lamps are electronic devices that are used to combat muscle pains, cold, and inflamed sinuses. These lamps deliver a very warm and soothing invisible infrared light waves on an affected area, which penetrates deep through the skin all the way to your muscles, nerves, bones and further improves blood circulation, in turn, reviving from pain and congestion.
This infrared lamp can also be used as a backing in the treatment of bronchial congestion as it decreases inflammation; swelling and clears clogged mucous pathways.
Infrared lamps are non-invasive and can be used to cure a variety of body parts such as back, chest, arms and legs, and shoulders. These lamps have a large infrared light surface with which a great area of a body part can be covered. While using these infrared lamps it is recommended that the minimum distance between the lamp and the treatment area should be 12-16 inches.
The infrared lamp has a great 330w reddish incandescent bulb placed in an infrared ceramic plate that has a large surface area and it also blocks 100% UV light. Along with all these features, the infrared lamp also has some other features like an automatic safety-switch that shuts off when the set time elapses, a digital timer which can be set from 1 to 15mins, and active ventilation.
It is recommended that the infrared lamp should face the chest area for 10 to 15 mins at a time to attain results to relieve congestion. If there is joint pain and muscle aches the infrared lamp should directly face that part of the body that needs to be treated.
One should always keep in mind before undergoing any treatment involving infrared light therapy as it is not recommended for those who are sensitive to heat.
Advantages of Infrared Lamp:
- Convenient and easy to use.
- It has an adjustable tilt angle to help achieve the perfect alignment.
- It is 100% UV free.
- It has a built-in timer with overheat protection.
- It has a ceramic glass plate which provides near to mid-infrared.
- This lamp can be used for conditions like skin infections; diabetic wound healing, oedema, varicose veins, muscle and joint pain.
How Infrared lamp works?
When this device gets an electric supply and the infrared heat hits the targeted area, the warmth opens up the capillaries and further improves circulation and aids to get rid of toxins that are present in the body. This heat, in turn, helps the joints, muscles, and damaged tissues to heal naturally. When this warm light falls on to the affected area such as the muscles, they automatically relax and reduce the stiffness and release up to help your joints’ flexibility.
Infrared lamp Warnings and Side-effects:
- Usually, the infrared therapy is recognized to be completely safe and free of side-effects but the heat generated might cause a slight temporary redness on to your skin which goes away in a few hours.
- The main probable threat of the infrared lamps when overused is to your skin and eyes.
- Always wear safety goggles when using infrared lamps around your face and head.
- Never use these lamps for more than 10 minutes on the affected area.
- Always sit at a distance to avoid skin burns or irritation.
- Try and avoid using this lamp on an injury for the first 24 hours.
- Do not touch the lamp when hot.
- Avoid applying any essential oils on to the skin before using these lamps as it might heat up the oil and cause a burn.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long should one use an Infrared lamp?
The infrared lamp should be used for 10 to 15 minutes and it should face the chest area. And it can also be used several times daily for maximum results to relieve congestion.
What are the benefits of infrared light therapy?
As infrared therapy increases and improves circulation in the skin and other parts of the body, it can bring oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissues which in turn promote healing. With this, it also helps to ease pain, relieve inflammation, and protect against oxidative stress.
Does Infrared therapy really work?
Natural pain management and relief can be achieved using infrared therapy. This therapy allows people to attain the benefits of the sun without being exposed to the ultraviolet rays. Infrared therapy is safe and effective without any side effects. Infrared therapy stimulates the regeneration and repair of the injured tissues, inflammation and reduction in pain.
Is the infrared heat lamp safe?
This infrared light therapy is normally safe for everyone. But, it is advised to keep a safe distance (12to 24 inches) from the lamp and use eye protection goggles.
Where to buy an infrared lamp?
Infrared lamps are available in Hyderabad at:
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 1)
Address: H.No 1-100, G2, Hitech City main road, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081.
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 2)
Address: Nizampet X road, Near Sri Holistic Hospital, Behind Vasireddy Swagruha Foods, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072.