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Infrared therapy is a part of a modern Chinese medicine treatment. This therapy helps to support the body’s natural healing process. It is used particularly in Chinese medicine for aches and pains, although it is implemented for a range of ailments. Infrared therapy enhances cell regeneration. Consequently it is used in cases of sports injuries, strains, sprains and other types of soft tissue damage too.
Commonly referred to as a heat lamp, the warmth of an infrared lamp also provides a soothing comfort. The heat affect is similar to moxibustion therapy and is therefore used interchangeably in patterns of internal cold. Treatment also has applications for women’s health since the heat and healing properties alleviate menstrual discomfort. Moreover many patients report relaxation benefits from this therapy. It can be used in connection with acupuncture treatment or on areas without acupuncture needles as part of the same treatment. Often the lamp is placed over acupuncture needles to enhance the affect. Infrared treatments can also be used for skin repair for example, in cases of eczema, burns or wound infections.
Infrared treatments are commonly used throughout Europe. Many spas throughout Australia use infrared, particularly as infrared saunas. This is because a sauna allows the application of infrared light to affect the whole body whereas using a lamp concentrates the therapy to a particular area. The heat from a infrared lamp is is similar to the warmth emitted from sunlight. Both the lamp and sun emit forms electromagnetic energy.
How does it work?
An infrared lamp uses electromagnetic energy to directly heat the surface of the body. This therapy uses a narrow band of infrared rays. The rays penetrate to the depth of the soft tissue. The heat from the lamp increases blood circulation to injuries and promotes tissue repair.
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