What is an IR heating pad & how it works
Infrared (IR) heating pads utilize far-infrared rays, a component of the sunlight spectrum that is not visible but is perceived as heat. These rays are transmitted through semi-precious stones such as Amethyst, Tourmaline, and Jade or carbon fiber material and penetrate deeply into the body tissues, including the muscles, joints, and spine.
The profound tissue-warming effect of infrared heat improves circulation and lubricates joints and muscles all over the body. The infrared rays from heating pads go more profound than those from standard electric blankets. Most infrared heating pads are much safer than typical electric heating pads and infrared heating pads can reach the targeted muscle or joint more than standard electric heating pads. Deep relief can be felt throughout the affected areas with the help of infrared heating pads.
The Biological effects of the treatment:
Different injury care centers employ far infrared radiation as a therapeutic modality, commonly administered via an infra red heating pad. This approach is deemed safe, productive, and regulated for home use as complementary to formal medical interventions such as physical therapy or chiropractic care.
The IR heating pad is infused with specialized diodes that generate a particular light wavelength. The IR heating pad system furnishes a heating element for damaged tissues, including but not limited to pulled muscles, sprains, strains, and herniated discs, which may result from incidents such as car accidents or work-related injuries.
Difference between conventional and IR heating pads:
The dissimilarity between employing this and a conventional electric hot pad is twofold. A far infrared heating pad facilitates deeper penetration beneath the skin surface up to 2.36 inches, thereby aiding in the healing process of the affected area. This is achieved through the application of lower surface temperatures.
Most commercially available electric heat pads are designed to warm the skin’s superficial layer rather than the underlying muscles. Additionally, these devices typically have a maximum temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit, which increases the likelihood of skin burns when used as a conventional electric hot pad. The FIR heating pad offers a greater depth of heat penetration, with a maximum temperature of 112 degrees at the skin’s surface, thus minimizing the risk of skin burns. Additionally, IR heating therapy has been shown to provide sustained pain relief for up to six hours post-treatment.