Infrared SaunaJoint pain
Inflammatory diseases such as arthritis
Pain from Parkinsons Disease
Neck, shoulder and back pain
Injuries such as sprains and strains
Bowel conditions / digestive disorders
Low immune system
Crows feet / Fine lines
Psoriasis / Eczema
Scaring / Wounds
Cancer cells and tumours and associated pain
Depression and Stress management
Sleep disorders / Chronic fatigue
Destroys bacteria, viruses, infections whilst restoring healthy cells
Skin rejuvenation / helps promote collagen for skin elasticity
Infrared is a band of light that we perceive as heat. While we cannot see infrared heat, we can feel its effects. Infrared rays heat our body by a process called conversion. Through conversion, far infrared heat can penetrate organic substances such as the human body without heating the air in between.
By using far infrared heat as opposed to traditional heating methods, you enable the heat to penetrate deeper into your body without the skin discomfort of heating pads, hot towels, and some pain relief gels/creams. However, less discomfort is just one of many benefits of far infrared heat therapy.
Infrared Heat Therapy effectively helps to increase blood circulation without putting strain on your heart and increases the levels of oxygen and white blood cells in your blood. It also stimulates the production of collagen (a building block for human tissue) in your body and helps to rid your body of toxins by causing you to perspire. You get the benefit of a stronger immune system, better cardiovascular health, and a faster ability to heal from soft tissue injuries such as tears, pulls, and sprains. It reduces the appearance of crow's feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. In addition to helping heal scars, wounds, and cuts, it also smooths your skin's texture, lessens coarseness, and reduces pore size.
Infrared Heat Therapy reduces inflammation, relieves pain, speeds the healing of wounds, boosts the immune system, stimulates detoxification, improves micro-circulation and balances metabolism, which in turn can aid weight-loss. There is also evidence that it promotes cell growth, reproduction and repair.
Infrared Heat Therapy is applied using a TDP (Thermal Design Power) mineral lamp, an infrared heating device used to accelerate the natural healing process. Emissions from the lamp are believed to penetrate deeply into the body, increasing micro circulation and delivering more oxygen and nutrients to injured cells while eliminating cellular waste.
TDP lamps are increasingly used in acupuncture clinics in China and throughout the world to support acupuncture treatment.
Treatment is applied by setting the lamp at a distance of approximately twelve inches from the skin. It deeply heats the area being treated without causing burning and is commonly used on the upper and lower abdomen and back, in combination with acupuncture, acupressure and/or Massage.
Infrared, although extremely effective as a one off treatment, it is usually used during a concession of treatments for maximum health benefits.
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Contraindications and CautionsAs with any medical device or therapy, there are some contraindications and cautions for the use of Far-Infrared and Light Therapy
Prescription Drugs: If you are using prescription drugs, check with your physician or pharmacist for possible changes in the drug's effect due to an interaction with infrared energy. If you are taking corticosteroids, you may experience some redness of the skin. Should you experience redness, we recommend that you discontinue the use until you have completed your medication. Should your redness continue, consult with the health care professional who prescribed your medication.
Certain Ailments: According to some authorities, it is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature of someone with severe adrenal suppression such as Addison's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, or multiple sclerosis. This caution refers to the use of the highest, sauna level heat settings and not to the lower heat levels.
Joint Problems: If a person has a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections be they dental, in joints, or in any other tissues.
Pregnancy: In pregnancy or the suspicion of pregnancy, discontinuation of far infrared use is recommended
Surgical Implants: Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared rays and are not heated by an infrared heat system. Nevertheless, a person should consult his or her surgeon before receiving such therapy. Certainly infrared therapy must be discontinued if a person experiences pain near any implants.
Silicone: Silicone does absorb infrared energy. Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed by infrared rays. Since silicone melts at over 200 degrees Celsius, it should not be adversely affected by an infrared heat system, however. It is still advised that a person checks with his or her surgeon to be certain.
Menstruation: Heating of the low-back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase menstrual flow. Once a woman is aware that this is occurring, she can choose to allow herself to experience this short-term effect without worry. Or she may simply avoid using an infrared heat source at that time in her cycle. For the majority of women, Far Infrared Energy massage helps to relieve and minimize the physical and emotional discomfort experienced during the premenstrual and menstrual period.
Haemorrhage: Haemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to haemorrhage should avoid infrared usage or any type of heating that would induce vasodilation that can lead to the tendency to bleed.
Worsened Condition: Should any condition worsen with the continued use of this infrared heat system, the use of the system should be discontinued. Some temporary symptoms, however, may be attributed to the detoxification and the healing process itself. Before making the determination that you or your client are actually worse, please also read the Detoxification and Healing Crisis section below for more complete information .
Pain should not be experienced when using an infrared heat system, though the heat generated by the rays will go to areas of disease or discomfort. Some people perceive this as painful, others more as a sensation. If pain persists beyond a reasonable integration period (usually 24 - 36 hours), the use of radiant heat is clearly inappropriate for the person at that time.
If you have any concerns at all, do not attempt to self-treat any disease with Far Infrared without direct supervision of a physician.
Detoxification and "Healing Crisis"
You should be aware of possible reactions when adding Infrared and light therapy sessions to your daily regimen
Infrared heat therapy helps the body to cleanse and detoxify. Some users, particularly those who have not experienced internal cleansing before, may have one or more symptoms of detoxification sometimes referred to as a "healing crisis". These symptoms may include more frequent bowel movements and urination, slight nausea, mild headaches, various discharges, mucus, skin breakouts or acne.
As the body receives the constant stream of light wave energetics that it needs to strengthen itself, the body's vital life force increases. This enables the body to liquefy accumulated waste and toxins that have been lodged in the tissues, cells, and organs for many years, and to eliminate them as phlegm, mucus, or other secretions. It is important to go through this detoxification because, although you may feel slightly uncomfortable during the process, afterwards you experience a new level of vitality.
The famous homoeopath Constantine Hering, made a clear distinction between the symptoms of a healing crisis and those of a disease crisis. Unfortunately, we often confuse a healing process with a disease process, and suppress it with medication. This only makes the body weaker and more vulnerable to disease. The more symptoms are suppressed, the more medication is required to quell them, and the vicious cycle spirals down into real disease.
When you experience a healing crisis, assist the process by drinking lots of liquids, keeping warm, resting and exercising for lymphatic movement, to promote the rapid elimination of any toxins and disease elements that are manifesting themselves as phlegm, catarrh, mucus, running nose, enlarged tonsils, fever, etc. This is nature's way of righting some internal wrong. It is also known as the reversal process. Whatever has been suppressed in the body for years liquefies and is eliminated through the normal elimination channels.
Initially during a healing crisis, you may feel a lack of energy and require more sleep. This is almost always because your body is cleansing, restoring and renewing itself at deep cellular levels, and is using a lot of energy to do this.
By continuing this cleansing program and drinking lots of liquids, you will assist your body to easily go through the healing crisis. You can further assist this process by exercising (walking, rebounding, yoga, etc.) to increase circulation and flush the lymph system.
After the healing crisis, you should feel more energetic than ever! If the discomfort persists for more than 2 weeks, consult with a Health Practitioner who is experienced in the processes of detoxification and cleansing reactions.
With regular use of infrared the body grows stronger and healthier as its vital life force, also called chi or prana, increases. Remember, though, that the infrared may initiate still deeper healing crises over a period of time. Some may also feel the effects of psycho-emotional detoxification, with emotions or thought patterns that have been suppressed surfacing for healing. Keep in mind that each time, after more accumulated and stored physical or mental/emotional toxins are eliminated, you will experience ever higher levels of vitality and well-being. For most people, as their light quotient increases, the symptoms of detoxification decrease in duration. The lasting and wonderful feeling of a detoxified body and mind far outweigh the temporary discomforts of the healing process.
Some people might be unaware of the inner work that is being facilitated at deep cellular levels, where there is a priority in the body. Because you may not be consciously aware of what is happening, you may think that this is not working for you. People who at first reported no results later, after having undergone regular medical check-ups, report that their cholesterol and blood pressure levels, for instance, have dropped significantly. There are similar accounts regarding the normalization of blood-sugar levels, and improved immune system function, all without the user having been aware of the process.
Highlighting of Weaknesses
Like other light frequency therapies, the light-waves generated by the infrared automatically prioritize problems in the body, so often some area of weakness is highlighted that you were previously unaware of or thought was resolved. As the work of assisting the body in cleansing, balancing, and restoring begins, you may become aware of this weak point. Many people report being able to gradually decrease medication dosages under supervision of their physician as the body cleanses and becomes more balanced
All information contained on the website and in print is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Southern Therapies Ltd do not provide medical advice or treatment and take no responsibility for any reactions to the use of any light or heat treatments.
This information or service is not meant to substitute for the advice or treatment provided by your GP or any other medical professional. If you have or suspect you have a medical condition, consult with your physician before you use infrared, heat, or any other light-wave devices.