“What’s that weird-looking heating pad glued to your back”?
I asked my friend Jeff, an Ironman Triathlon contender, when I came to visit him after his 3rd contest.
“That’s the only thing that helps relieve my pain after torturing my body today”, he smiled.
It was a few years ago, when I knew nothing about infrared light therapy (for pain relief).
Jeff told me that Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the secret weapon of sport extremists against their aching muscles and joints.
The Ironman Triathlon, a crazy extreme physical challenge, consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and a 26.2 mile run.
Can you imagine the world of pain that comes after that?
Jeff loves it. And he chooses it time after time.
Here are the 3 compelling reasons you too may want to use infrared therapy for pain relief:
1. It’s a natural, non-invasive and side-effect free pain relief method.
2. It’s scientifically proven for over 40 years.
3. It’s cost-effective and will save you time and money.
Proof for all of the above is right here in the post below.
- What’s Infrared Light Therapy?
- How Infrared Therapy Relieves Your Pain
- Infrared Heat vs. Electric Heat (Regular Heating Pads)
- Who Can Benefit From Infrared Home Therapy?
- How to Use Infrared Light Therapy at Home
- How to Choose the Right Infrared Home Device for You
- Infrared Therapy: Are There Any Side Effects?
- Infrared Heat for Pain Relief Results
What’s Infrared Light Therapy?
Are you aware of the pain relieving abilities of the sun?
NASA has discovered more than a decade ago how to harness one of the most powerful healing energies in the universe.
The heat that’s warming you from the core when you’re out on the sun is far infrared rays.
FIR waves are a safe form of light energy (not the dangerous UV rays) that heat your body by direct light conversion.
This means they directly warm you deep inside – without warming the air around you.
Infrared light therapy is part of the near-infrared (NIR) window, with wavelengths from 650 to 1350 nm which enables light to reach its maximum depth of penetration in the tissue.
What does that have to do with pain relief?
How Infrared Therapy Relieves Your Pain
Thanks to the deep penetration of infrared rays (up to 2 inches into body tissue) a deep heating occurs in your muscles and internal organs.
This is the unique super power of infrared light therapy.
Your body responds to this heat by increasing your heart rate and your blood flow.
In fact, The American Heart Association found that FIR rays can almost triple blood flow.
The increase in blood flow brings more healing!
Your pain (and any type of pain) is caused by inflammation.
It can be muscle inflammation, nerve, or joint inflammation.
This rush of blood flow helps your body release toxins, inflammation and other waste. It brings vital nutrients needed for healing.
Pain, even stubborn pain that has lasted for years – Begins to disappear.
Muscles stop aching, inflamed joints loosen up, mobility increases.
(Here’s how to heal knee pain with infrared light therapy – at home)
Infrared Heat vs. Electric Heat (Regular Heating Pads)
Infrared heat is nothing like the regular electric heating pad you probably have at home.
The simple heating pads are like toaster ovens. Electricity flows through wires and that generates heat.
It feels good, but it only penetrates to about 1/10 of one inch into your body. That’s not very deep is it?
On the other hand:
With infrared therapy, penetration is up to 2 inches below your skin.
And since the heat goes deeper – your pain disappears for longer.
1. FIR home device relaxes muscles, nerves and joints that ordinary heating pads can’t reach, by sending heat up to 20 times deeper below your skin.
2. FIR energy promotes healing by increasing circulation for up to 6 hours so the pain stays gone.
3. LLLT does not mask the symptoms of pain, it encourages the healing of the actual cause of the pain.
Does it sound too good to be True? (Here’s Proof)
In the last 40 years, leading researchers have studied the healing power of FIR energy and made some amazing discoveries.
Hundreds of studies from around the world (including Japan, the leading advocate of infrared therapy) have proven the benefits of phototherapy for pain.
This human study, published by the Pain Research and Management Journal, has found:
“The IR therapy unit used was demonstrated to be effective in reducing chronic low back pain, and no adverse effects were observed.”
This study gathered 16 randomized controlled trials including a total of 820 patients with acute neck pain.
The patients in these 16 studies were all treated with and IR device. The results were amazing:
“We show that LLLT reduces pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain.”
If you’d like to know more, search online for Dr. Michael Hamblin, an associate professor at Harvard, who has published over 300 papers about the healing effect of low-level laser therapy (phototherapy).
You can see a solid review of the proven effectiveness of Infrared therapy for pain by the “National Center for Biotechnology Information here.
Who Can Benefit From Infrared Home Therapy?
Since Jeff has told me about his infrared therapy, I’ve recommended to my friend, who suffers from debilitating Sciatica pain.
He’s gone from not being able to get out of bed for days, to the active and cheerful guy he used to be – in a matter of a few weeks.
Believe it or not, so can you.
Does your shoulder hurt so much you need help grabbing top shelf items?
Do you need help opening jars due to arthritic hands?
Do your knees hurt every time you take a walk?
Do you wake up with a stiff back or neck?
Anyone, suffering from any kind of acute or chronic pain, can benefit from LLLT. It can help with:
- Arthritis/RA/Psoriatic Arthritis
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Nerve pain/Neuropathy
- Stroke recovery
- Headaches and Migraines
- Brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Degenerative Disc Disease
And here’s the good news:
You don’t have to get out of your home to use the quickest and least invasive pain relief you’ll ever feel.
(Read: The 2 Best Infrared Heat Massagers for pain relief)
How to Use Infrared Light Therapy at Home
Don’t break that savings account yet.
You won’t need an expensive treatment series at some clinic/spa.
And you don’t need to buy a $5000 home infrared sauna.
(You can do it yourself for less than $100 – Here are the full instructions)
All you need is a high quality infrared home device, which emits the right wavelength, to fit your needs.
You switch it on, relax for 30-60 minutes max. (or better yet – meditate) and feel your pain leaving your body.
Not all infrared devices will help you.
The right one must be:
1. Comfortable and easy to use
2. Built with good materials, robust construction (won’t fail to deliver the heat)
3. Equipped to emits low or no EMF radiation
4. With a timer so you won’t have to check your watch while relaxing
5. The right size to fit your pain area (a small hand-held device will not help with back pain)
6. Flexible if you need to wrap it around joints
7. Usable outside your house (we are all busy) – in your car or office.
8. Infrared heating pads should include healing stones to emit FIR energy (jade/amethyst stones)
9. Compatible with 110V and 250V systems
How to Choose the Right Infrared Home Device for You
If your pain area is large (such as your lower/upper back) – choose a good infrared heating pad (they usually come in a few sizes)
If your pain area is small (knees/elbows) – choose a handheld infrared device, or a 2-panel LED infrared device (so you can tie it around your joints).
Here are the 3 most recommended infrared home devices, all of them with FDA approval and adhere to our high standards listed above:
Infrared Therapy: Are There Any Side Effects?
To be honest, I’ve never experienced any side effects nor did Jeff or any of my friends who use laser therapy.
Actually, FIR rays are so safe, that it’s being used in hospital neonatal care units to keep newborn babies warm, and to treat jaundice.
Studies so far has found no adverse side effects or risks from using red light therapy, in short or long-term use.
In fact, at the LLLT Symposium, held in 2009, one of the scientists chose to put it like this:
“The only way a (low-level) laser is going to hurt somebody is if they drop it on their foot.”
However, do not use infrared therapy in the following cases:
- If you are pregnant or nursing
- If you have thyroid problems (do not point to the neck area)
- If you are taking drugs known to cause photosensitivity reactions
Infrared Heat for Pain Relief Results
There are thousands of success stories you can find online, here’s one example, from the RunnersWorld.com forum:
Plantar Fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, cripples many runners–me included. For four months, I pool-ran, swam, and biked, but what I really wanted to do–run–was too painful…
I followed the standard rehab: stretching and icing my heel, popping anti-inflammatories, wearing orthotics, sleeping in a night boot… I also tried massage, active-release techniques, and reflexology… Nothing worked.
My four-month layoff decreased the acute pain, but it was the laser treatment that gave immediate, near-total relief, and that got me out running again.
(See this post to find how to use infrared heat lamp therapy for foot pain)
You’ve just learned 3 undeniable reasons to start using infrared light therapy for pain relief and how easy it is to kick the pain pills and doctor appointments out – for good.
Infrared light therapy may be the fastest and easiest natural pain relieving method known to man.
(The Los Angeles Times recommended a few infrared therapy devices, noting that “Physical therapists are increasingly recommending low-level infrared light therapy as an alternative to traditional electric heating pads for relieving muscle aches and tension.”)
You can use it safely at home for any type of pain – Muscle, nerve, joint and bone – while relaxing or driving in your car.
Infrared therapy benefits are scientifically backed for over 40 years, yet it’s still uncommon and underused to this day.
How about you? Are you going to join us?
Have you any experience with phototherapy?
Share your story in the comments below.
To your health and happiness,