Pain Management and Infrared Heat Therapy
Fever is one of the body’s most powerful defenses against disease. Hyperthermia (heat therapy) artificially induces fever in patients who are unable to mount a natural fever response to infection, inflammation, or other health challenges, and may be useful for treating chronic pain.
A recent form of hyperthermia employs far-infrared (FIR) energy to treat a variety of disease conditions and to speed detoxification and recovery from muscle sprains and other injuries. Far-infrared wavelengths occur just below (“infra”) visible red light in the electromagnetic spectrum. At the molecular level, FIR exerts strong rotational and vibrational effects that are biologically beneficial.
Although the wavelengths of FIR are too long for the eyes to perceive, we can experience its energy as gentle, radiant heat, which can penetrate up to 3 inches beneath the skin. Among FIR’s healing benefits is its ability to stimulate inflammation, which is necessary for a period of time in order to heal injuries such as a pulled muscle. FIR also appears capable of enhancing white blood cell function, thereby increasing immune response and the elimination of foreign pathogens and cellular waste products.
Additional benefits include the ability to stimulate the hypothalamus, which controls the production of neuro-chemicals involved in such biological processes as sleep, mood, pain sensations, and blood pressure; enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s soft tissue areas; and the removing accumulated toxins by improving lymph circulation.