Infrared Heat Massager Safety

Infrared heating massagers are used in spas, massage parlours and individual homes. The infrared heating pads can help aches and pains, if used properly. It is important to follow safety instructions when using one to avoid injuries.


Infrared heating pads used for prolonged periods on bare skin can lead to burns, according to a report filed with the United States Food and Drug Administration. The pad should not be left on bare skin for an extended period of time. According to the report, the manufacturer failed to list warnings. Check warnings and safety precautions with the infrared heating pad you are using.

Foot Injuries

According to the same report from the FDA, several individuals received burns and additional injuries from using an infrared heating device on their feet.

Pacemakers Warning

Cardiology Associates advises individuals with pacemakers to exercise caution when using infrared heating pads. Verify that the model you purchase is appropriate for someone with a pacemaker. Some devices have been known to cause electrical problems with a pacemaker.

Time Frame

The operating manual for an infrared heat massager by Kompernass suggests using the device for less than 20 minutes at a time. When purchasing one, check the manufacture's warnings for length of usage.