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History and Description of Infrared Light Therapy
Historically, heat treatments have been used to help heal the body for thousands of years. Hot air baths and sweat lodges were used for increasing relaxation and detoxification among Native Americans, Eastern Europeans and in Ancient Chinese Medicine.
Far-infrared saunas were pioneered by NASA, who found infrared light helped plants grow in space. Extensive research in the early 1980’s led to the realization that infrared light treatments would be the perfect way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in US astronauts for the duration of long space flights. Recently, they used this technology to treat patients suffering from the painful side effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. They discovered a phenomenal result being that the infrared therapy was working as a healing agent, with no side effects. (1) Since then, it’s been used by pain institutes around the country as a form of pain treatment, and the FDA has approved its therapeutic use.
Infrared saunas are a type of sauna that uses heat and light to help relax and detoxify the body. Also called far-infrared saunas and near-infrared saunas, they omit infrared light waves that create heat in the body, causing you to sweat and release stored toxins. These types of saunas differ from “regular saunas” because their light directly penetrates your skin but does not warm the air around you. The temperature in your body goes up quickly, yet the light has no effect on your surrounding environment. Our infrared sauna provides both far and near infrared light.
The results of an infrared sauna are produced at lower temperatures than a conventional sauna and might be tolerated better by people who can’t withstand the very high heats of other dry saunas or even steam rooms.
The therapeutic effects of infrared saunas come down to the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. The infrared radiation band covers the wavelength range of 750 nanometers to 100 micrometers, frequency range of 400 terahertz to 3 terahertz, and photon energy range of 12.4 milli-electron volts to 1.7 electron volts. What exactly does this mean? In the simplest terms, this results in infrared saunas causing heat, NATURAL positive radiation and non-harmful effects once it’s detected by the body’s thermoreceptors located in the skin. (2)
Infrared light treatment usually works within just 15–20 minutes. Infrared lamps are capable of causing dramatic changes in body chemistry in some instances, helping restore balance in some people who suffer from chronic problems related to pains, inflammation, low energy and poor circulation.