Infrared Heat Therapy
Understanding Infrared Heat Therapy
Infrared heat therapy, also known as thermotherapy, is a safe, non-invasive therapeutic technique in which the individual is exposed to infrared heat to dilate the blood vessels in the body. This process is the same form of heat you experience from the sun's warmth and is the main form of heat emitted by your body. It is the fastest and most effective form of heat therapy, as it heats the inside of the body, rather than just the air or skin.
The Purpose of Infrared Heat Therapy
Infrared heat therapy is a commonly used recovery practice to treat injuries, pain, inflammation, and poor blood flow. Infrared heat creates higher tissue temperatures, which dilates the blood vessels, resulting in an increased supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and the elimination of toxins and metabolic waste. Heat therapy increases the extensibility of muscles and connective tissue, decreasing joint and muscle stiffness, pain, and spasms.
Benefits of Infrared Heat Therapy
- Reduces muscle and joint pain/stiffness
- Improves musculoskeletal healing after injury and exercise
- Removes harmful chemicals in the body and decreases inflammation
- Known to relieve pain from arthritis, migraines, and edema
- Increases oxygen and nutrient delivery to the tissues
- Enhances effects of stretching, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and massage
Infrared Heat Therapy at Re-Gen Fitness and Recovery
At Re-Gen Fitness and Recovery, we utilize an infrared sauna. Infrared heat reaches directly into the body, warms it from the inside, and does not just heat the air like other saunas. This process allows for a quicker and more effective dilation of the blood vessels. It also allows for 360 degrees of infrared radiation, allowing for an equal and fully distributed effect.