Infrared light are light waves between visible and microwaves. These light waves range from violet to red light, and are classified as "near infrared" or "far infrared." The main difference between near and far infrared light waves, is far infrared light may be felt through thermal energy, such as that of the sun. Infrared light waves may be used for healing purposes, as it increases blood capillary circulation, relaxes muscles and stimulates collagen production, according to Dr. Chukuka S. Enwemeka from The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rehabilitation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Use an infrared light between 630 to 700 nanometres for superficial wounds, cuts, scars and skin infections. Use a handheld infrared light source within this spectrum range, and hold at least 3-inches away from your skin surface. Move the infrared light slowly over the problem areas for 30 minutes per day. Continue, until the tissue complication is resolved.
Use an infrared light between 800 to 1,000 nm to treat deep muscle injuries, joint pain, bone pain and organ pain, according to Elixa Peak Being. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rehabilitation states this level of infrared helps support bone and tissue repair.
Treat an area of your body that is experiencing pain with infrared light measuring between 600 and 1,000 nm two times per week. Infrared light is shown to relax muscles, reduce nerve excitability and reduce inflammation caused by bursitis, arthritis and tendinitis. Use a handheld infrared light, which is available for purchase online and through medical supply retail stores.
Tips and warnings
- Speak with your doctor regarding specific light nanometres for your particular condition, as well as for product recommendations. The consumer market is flooded with infrared light products, and like many products some work, while others do not.
- Do not use infrared light for healing purposes if you have skin ailments, without first consulting with your doctor. The heating action of infrared light may cause adverse reactions, if you're on certain medicines or if you have serious skin conditions.
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