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  • Writer's pictureSavanna McDavid

Infrared Light could be the therapy you're looking for- 5 ways it helps the body and how.

The visible range of the sun’s light includes the our familiar rainbow of colors. But only 44% of the full spectrum of sunlight is in the visible range. High–frequency ultraviolet rays make up 4% and can age skin prematurely or cause cancerous changes. Low-frequency infrared rays make up the other 52%.

They are not harmful and do not damage the skin. Infrared light transmits more heat than ordinary light. Far infrared heat therapy uses far infrared light rays to provide some of the benefits of sunshine without direct exposure to the sun.

Absorption of the sun’s rays helps stimulate the body’s metabolism. We need light in order to properly absorb certain nutrients and minerals. A lack of sunlight can lead to lower immune function, tension, fatigue, depression, and insomnia.Infrared Light therapy raises the body’s temperature. This increases circulation via the dilation of blood vessels, which does not increase blood pressure.

Infrared Light heat penetrates past the skin and our insulating fatty layer, 4-6 inches into the body. The heat resonates with the cells and invigorates them. The body responds to Infrared Light faster than to traditional heating pads, and the effects even after use is ended.

Studies show Infrared light therapy doesn’t just treat symptoms; it heals inflammation, which is the underlying cause of many conditions.

  • Infrared light therapy balances thyroid function. The thyroid is essential to overall wellness, since its functions include regulating metabolism through the release of hormones. An underactive thyroid can lead to extreme fatigue, mental fog, weight gain, hair loss, and muscle weakness.

  • Infrared light therapy promotes wound healing through increased transient inflammation (the healthy temporary immune response to injury), increased blood flow, and regulated collagen production that encourages growth of normal tissue rather than scar tissue.

  • Infrared light therapy is effective at reducing chronic inflammatory pain including , osteoarthritis, and acute and chronic low back pain.

  • Infrared light therapy promotes a healthy circadian rhythm (natural sleep/wake cycle). The hypothalamus, which is responsible for circadian rhythm, is highly photosensitive. Infrared light therapy stimulate melatonin production, which aids in getting quality sleep.

  • Infrared light therapy helps reverse signs of skin aging including fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and sagging, papery skin. In the deeper layers of the skin, NIR increases collagen and elastin production. This restores the thickness, firmness, and elasticity of youthful skin. Most studies show about 6 to 12 weeks of consistent therapy for optimal results in skin rejuvenation.

Infrared light stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanisms at the cellular level. This means you don’t want to be unrealistic and expect instant results. You're treating so much more than the symptoms; you’re treating the underlying cause(s) as well. Naturally, this can take time. since all cells in the body don’t regenerate at once.

Some results, such as relief of muscle fatigue during exercise, will come very quickly. Other results, like relief from eczema or chronic inflammatory low back pain, may require intensive initial treatment, and then ongoing maintenance to keep the condition in remission.

How quickly you’ll see results depends on your overall health and consistency of treatment. Visit The Salt Oasis Kingsport today to learn more about Infrared Light therapy.

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Jan 18, 2023

I love the infrared light therapy room. I do feel immediate relief on some arthritis in my elbows and knees. i will be getting a infrared pad for home use, but will continue to use this room and so will my husband, who suffers from Dementia.

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