Posted on April 15, 2016
Infrared therapy from Health Mate is an advanced and efficient way of exposing your body to heat therapy. Heat therapy in a Health Mate far infrared sauna is also referred to as whole body thermal therapy.
According to Wikipedia, heat therapy, is the use of heat in therapy, such as for pain relief and health. It can take the form of a hot cloth, hot water, ultrasound, heating pad, hydrocollator packs, whirlpool baths, cordless FIR heat therapy wraps, and infrared saunas. It can be beneficial to those with arthritis and stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue of the skin. Heat may be an effective self-care treatment for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
The reason why infrared therapy is such a special kind of heat therapy is because of the nature of far infrared light and what it does to the human body. Most forms of heat therapy will bring your skin into contact with some kind of heat source. Hot air, hot water, a hot pack or hot blanket. This heat source warms up the skin after which the heat travels into the body. Traditional heat sources use conduction or convection to transfer the heat.
Infrared therapy uses far infrared light which works in a different way. Far infrared heat is a radiant heat. As such, it does not need to travel via the air or other mediums but warms up the body directly. Infrared therapy is absorbed by our skin and warms up the body from within. Because of this infrared light is a much more efficient way of warming up the human body. The deep heat will soften the tissue and increase the blood circulation. The effects of this can be beneficial for a number of conditions and ailments.
Infrared therapy can be used for preventative and rehabilitation purposes. The therapeutic effects of far infrared therapy include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues amd decreasing joint stiffness. An infrared therapy session can reduce pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, edema, and can help in the post-acute phase of healing. The deep heat of infrared therapy will increase the blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing