Why You Should Use Infrared Light Therapy
Hey friends! I think you’ll love today’s topic. Let’s talk about some of the benefits of not only infrared light therapy but a couple of modern technologies that use it as well.
Infrared light therapy uses the infrared spectrum of light to soothe muscles, ease joint pain, improve skin’s appearance, among many other uses. As the technology continues to drop in price, infrared light therapy is becoming increasingly affordable and can be an effective treatment for everything from aging skin to cancer treatment.
Combining this type of therapy once or twice a week, along with daily bionutrient superfood snacks when you are busy, will really give your physical health routine a leap in quality.
The Basics of Infrared Light Therapy
Just like the plants in your garden, sunlight creates a chemical reaction inside your cells when it touches your skin. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, they’re absorbed by skin cells. This can create several benefits depending on the wavelengths (colors) of light used. Infrared light therapy harnesses the power of the infrared spectrum of light to create a range of both health and beauty benefits.
What are the Uses of Infrared Light Therapy?
Today we are able to calibrate the light used in infrared therapy lamps and saunas to only emit beneficial wavelengths of light while filtering out the skin-damaging and cancer-causing rays that can be found in natural sunlight. Infrared light therapy uses the infrared spectrum of light to produce many therapeutic benefits including:
- Pain relief
- Promoting the healing of wounds
- Enhancing skin appearance
- Improving skin health and elasticity
- Stimulating hair growth
- Managing psoriasis
- Reducing side effects of certain cancer treatments
- Minimizing sun-damaged skin
- Treating and preventing cold sore outbreaks
- Easing inflammation
- Reducing joint pain
Far Infrared vs. Near Infrared Light Therapy
There are two main types of infrared light therapy used today: far-infrared and near-infrared. There are several differences between them and you should learn about these differences to choose the one that is right for you and your needs.
Far infrared is one of the most popular light therapy options in the modern sauna. It is similar to near-infrared but uses a different wavelength of light. This system heats the body from the inside, creating the extreme sweating found in traditional saunas.
While both near and far infrared systems are able to detoxify the body, they work in different ways. As the name suggests, far infrared saunas and lamps work by emitting light in the far-infrared spectrum.
Far infrared systems work by penetrating deeply into the body to soothe muscles, joints, relieve tension, and to detoxify the body through sweating. Near-infrared lamps, on the other hand, treat skin problems, minor aches and pains, and inflammation. Far infrared systems also can detoxify the body much faster than near infrared.
Near-infrared light falls within the spectrum we can find in natural sunlight. In fact, it accounts for almost half of the energy of natural sunlight and is how our bodies create Vitamin D. Near-infrared lamps and saunas can improve circulation, raise your body’s core temperature, help rejuvenate the skin, and relieve pain.
Near-infrared saunas and lamps are great at promoting topical pain relief and skin issues like psoriasis, can remove toxins from the skin, and improve circulation.
Regular Sauna vs. Infrared Sauna
In traditional saunas, the heat is created by a mass of rocks and water used to produce steam. Your typical traditional sauna can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to preheat. The temperatures inside the sauna range from 150-195 degrees. The user sits in the sauna for about 20 minutes and then has a cooling-off period of 10 minutes or so.
So, what is the deal with the rise in infrared saunas? Infrared saunas heat your body directly using an infrared heat source. They take around 20 minutes to preheat. The bather usually sits in the room for around 30 minutes.
If there is a certain part of the body you would like to focus the heat’s attention on, simply move that part of the body closer to the heat source. Infrared saunas produce maximum temperatures of 150 degrees and cannot create steam on its own like traditional saunas, but water can usually be poured over rocks located about the heat source to create a certain amount of steam.
Another benefit of infrared saunas is that they are 120 volt systems and use your regular household outlet voltage. Traditional saunas work on the more powerful 220-volt system (just like household appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers). These systems typically require professional electrical installation which can be a hassle for those of us on-the-go a lot.
Have you tried infrared light therapy before? It is one of the things I love that keeps me feeling healthy. Let me know what you think.
XO - Serena