What is far-infrared radiant (FIR) heat?
Also known as radiation heat or infrared heat, Far-infrared radiant (FIR) heat is a narrow band of energy within the 5 to 15 micron level that is naturally occurring. FIR heats objects with direct light conversion – a process that can penetrate deeper into the object – but does not increase the surrounding air temperature. On humans, FIR heat is completely safe and can permeate 2 to 3 inches deep into the tissues, where it is believed to increase blood circulation and encourage tissue repair. Infrared heat is not visible to the human eye, but scientists have created cameras which can register this spectrum of light.
How is Far Infrared therapy administered?
Far infrared therapy is used in medical, dermatological and rehabilitation clinics all across the globe. The therapy is administered via lasers systems, heating pads, heat belts or braces, and with far infrared saunas. EM-X® Ceramics infrared jewelry are a practical and convenient method of applying day-to-day infrared therapy.
What is far-infrared radiant therapy used to treat?
Pain Reduction & Healing
Far-infrared radiant heat increases blood flow to the treated area. The increased oxygen and nutrient supply relieves pain, diminishes joint stiffness, stops muscle spasms, reduces inflammation, and speeds healing in the damaged tissue. This treatment is especially effective on sprains, strains, bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis, chronic joint and muscle pain as well as a variety of soft tissue sports injuries.
Radiant heat also promotes muscle relaxation which increases comfort, reduces stress and induces sleep. Studies have shown that exposure to FIR for 1 hour can also significantly reduce blood pressure.
Aesthetic Skin Improvements
Far infrared heat is believed to increase collagen production, reducing wrinkles and signs of aging. The Smoothbeam and CoolTouch infrared laser systems are commonly used to treat acne. The beams emitted from these devices shrink the sebaceous glands and virtually eliminates acne. Far infrared can also be used to open pores for deep skin cleansing and aesthetic purposes.
Blocking Electromagnetic Fields
Studies in Japan and Sweden have concluded that far infrared radiant heat counters the negative effects of electromagnetic fields emitted from man-made structures like high-tension power lines, cell phones, and computer display terminals.
Far infrared heat has been used to successfully treat gum inflammation, tooth pain, and muscular spasm. Many Japanese dentists use far infrared treatment on a regular basis for gum inflammation and pain suppression. Examples are the EM-X® Ceramics used in Dr. Don's® products.
Many More Uses to Come...
Anecdotal stories from around the globe attest to a myriad of uses for far infrared treatment. Studies are pending, but it is entirely possible that far infrared therapy could be used to treat:
- Cancer and tumors
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Abdominal distention
- Weight loss
- Body odor
- Crohn’s Disease
- Radiation sickness
- Chronic middle-ear inflammation or infection
- Skin conditions including dandruff, eczema and psoriasis
- And much more!
It is believed that far infrared therapy may enhance white blood cell function, improving over-all immune system functionality. Couple this with the treatment’s anti-inflammatory properties, and it really can be applied as treatment to a countless number of injuries and diseases.