Infrared Therapy – Working, Health Benefits, and Risks

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Doctors near you discuss infrared therapy. How does it work, its benefits, and risks

Advancements in modern technology have introduced us to innovative and effective ways of treating multiple bodily disorders. One such way is through the use of infrared rays. Infrared rays are a part of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. They differ from visible light in the sense that they have longer wavelengths and can penetrate deeper than visible white light. Infrared rays cannot be seen by the naked eye but their thermal effect can be sensed by the body. 

These days, infrared therapy is being used to treat joint inflammation and muscular pain. Infrared rays have a regenerative effect and when the body is exposed under controlled conditions, it leads to cellular regeneration. Its ability to penetrate the deep layers of the skin makes it useful in pain management and relief. It is a non-invasive way of dealing with injury and inflammation. 

Infrared therapy is also known as red light therapy, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy, and photobiomodulation (PBM). Let us take a detailed look at its working mechanism and uses. 

How Does Infrared Therapy Work?

  • The target area is exposed to controlled levels of infrared rays. The source of infrared rays is a lamp, laser, or device from which infrared rays are emitted. Infrared rays are absorbed by mitochondria which are known as the power generators of human cells. IR rays are known to stimulate the mitochondria which lead to cell repair and regeneration. This helps in relieving pain caused due to injuries or inflammation. 

Health Benefits of Infrared Therapy

IR therapy is being used for treating various disorders and deliver multiple health benefits. Let’s take a look at them. 

Improving Cardiovascular Health

  • Infrared therapy has proven to be quite useful in improving cardiovascular health. When the body is exposed to high-powered IR rays, they stimulate the production of nitric oxide inside the body. Nitric oxide is beneficial for the physiology of blood vessels. It helps them expand and widens their pathway. As a result, the chances of blood clotting and clumping are reduced. 

Nitric oxide also regulates blood pressure and protects the body against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. This compound also stimulates blood circulation. As a result, the body is supplied with oxygen and nutrients at a faster rate which helps in the healing of injuries and inflammation. 

Provide Relief for Pain and Inflammation

  • IR rays have longer wavelengths which let them pass through the layers of skin and reach the deep points of muscles and bones. The heat from these rays has a therapeutic effect on muscular and bone inflammation. Along with that, improved blood circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the injured sites which speeds up the healing process. The combined action provides relief from pain and reduces inflammation. 

Can Cure Cancer

Studies and experiments have revealed that IR therapy can help cure cancer to some extent. When the body is subjected to IR therapy, nanoparticles are activated inside the body. These minuscule particles are effective in combating abnormal cancer cells. Photoimmunotherapy, which works on the same principle as IR therapy, has been effective in combating cancer. 

What Are The Risks Associated With IR Therapy?

  • IR therapy is quite safe and harmless. No mentionable health risks are associated with it. However, care should be taken when administering this therapy because there is a possibility of thermal injuries to take place. Thermal injuries can be painless but inflict damage on a muscular level. Always consult a certified medical professional when undergoing infrared therapy. 

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