Infrared light

Infrared light

The production of infrared light is due to oscillatory or vibratory movements. The sun is the main source of infrared light, in fact it produces 59% of the solar emission, it belongs to these type of rays.

Infrared therapy is used in Physical Therapy to take advantage of the physiological effects of surface heat on human tissues and for the treatment of various health conditions.

Effects of infrared rays on the body: The effects are given by absorption and penetration capacity.

Effects of local application

  • Immediate erythema

  • Anti-inflammatory effect

  • Increase in metabolism

  • Sweating

  • Anti contracting

  • Antispasmodic

  • Relaxation of the smooth muscles

  • Increase in membrane permeability

  • Pain relief

Effects for general application

  • Generalized superficial vasodilation

  • Generalized sedation and relaxation

Visible responses to infrared

First: Uniform redness

Then: Reddish spots and white areas

Lastly: Uniform reddish coloration

This therapy is recommended to treat cases of:

  • Muscle spasms

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Cervicalbrachialgia

  • Lumbosciatica

  • After the sport

  • Congestion of blood and lymphatic circulation

  • Tendinosis

  • Sprains in sub-acute or chronic stage