Infrared light is found in nature in sunlight, and this therapy can be a very effective, inexpensive and safe way to relieve pain caused by a wide range of injuries and conditions that has no unwanted side effects.
Now, you might be wondering about how exposing yourself to a sun ray is safe with all the dangers we know that come from sunburns exposure and things like tanning beds. The rays you should be worried about are UV rays, which can cause serious conditions like skin cancer and eye problems. Infrared light is not the same, and the devices used in infrared light therapy for pain don’t emit UV light or anything else that is dangerous to your body and health. Infrared is a safe form of light that generates heat in the applied spot.
Because of how infrared light is converted and applied to your body, infrared light therapy devices make heat up tissue deep inside the body, reaching internal areas that are aching or wounded better, relieving more pain and also not making your environment hot. Don’t worry – you won’t be a human A.C. unit when you wear these devices.
The light used in this therapy is infrared light between the wavelengths of 650 and 1300 nm. This allows for a very deep reach of the heat, at a maximum of 6 cm below the skin. It is thanks to this characteristic that infrared light therapy for pain relief is so effective. It can reach sore tissue deeper than any other heat treatment. When your body heats up and your heart rate and circulation increase, which stimulates the healing process in the area by reducing inflammation.
You’ll get quick relief for punctual injuries, but this device also works on slowly reducing chronic pain related to inflammation, even curing it for good in the long-term in some cases. And the increased circulation will make it so that not only the healing will be faster, but you’ll be relieved of your pain for up to 6 hours after this therapy.
Infrared light therapy for pain relief is reported by both users and studies to be particularly beneficial to people who suffer from conditions or symptoms like:
- Carpal tunnel
- Recovery from a stroke or a brain injury
- Recovery from a physical injury.
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Nerve pain
- Neck and back pain.
- Headaches and the dreaded migraines.
A final benefit of infrared light therapy for pain relief is that you can perform it on yourself with simplicity and it’s not an invasive procedure or something that requires a visit to a clinic or hospital. You can get a recommended model for your particular use and just apply it for an hour a day while you relax. A good infrared light device will be inexpensive, comfortable, the right size and shape for the aching area and simple to use. Flexible design is also recommended as it can be applied to more surfaces and there are some devices that allow you to move around and go about your life as you use them. It is also a great way to complement physical therapy.