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what is infrared physiotherapy?

Content is medically reviewed by:

Shruti Bangera, Masters In Neurological Physiotherapy, Senior Physiotherapist & SME, Portea

Infrared radiation physiotherapy is an innovative therapy that is used to manage acute or chronic pain in patients. In this therapy, various wavelengths of light are focused to the parts of the body that have injuries.

A key characteristic of infrared light is that it has the ability to get below the skin layers and provide a much greater depth. This in turn can be more effective in providing pain relief. This method of Physiotherapy is natural and painless and can provide numerous health benefits, without causing damage to the skin.

benefits of infrared physiotherapy

  • Infrared light helps in cells regeneration and their repair. Infrared light can offer immense health benefits, ranging from pain relief to reducing inflammation.
  • Unlike ultraviolet light, which has damaging effects on the cells and tissues of the body, infrared light is safe. Infrared therapy technology in a way allows people to harness the benefits of the sunlight, without getting exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. 
  • Infrared light facilitates the circulation of oxygen-rich blood in the body, which can help in the faster healing of deep tissues.
  • It has been used extensively to reduce the pain caused by sports injuries, improve endorphin levels, and bioactivate neuromodulators.
  • Infrared therapy has no side effects. It is even used for infants in neonatal intensive care.
  • Infrared radiation have proven to improve cardiovascular health. Its molecule nitric oxide plays an important part in keeping blood vessels healthy
  • Infrared radiation physiotherapy has shown impressive health results in detoxifying the body. Major organs like kidneys, respiratory system, liver and many others can be detoxified.

when do you need infrared physiotherapy?

Infrared therapy in physiotherapy is used in the treatment of various types of pains and health conditions. Some of the common ones include:

how does infrared therapy work?

Infrared light has the ability to reach the muscles, nerves and even the bones because it penetrates the inner layers of the skin upto a depth of 2 to 7 centimeters. Hence, it amongst the most effective therapies used for healing inflammatory conditions.

Infrared light gets absorbed by the photoreceptors in cells which starts a series of metabolic processes, triggering natural processes of the body at a cellular level. It is estimated that effectiveness of infrared light therapy may be due to nitric oxide. It is molecule that is important for the health of the body’s arteries. Nitric oxide can help in relaxing the arteries, preventing platelet collection in the vessels, fighting free radicals to reduce oxidative stress, and regulating the blood pressure. With all this, there is increase in blood circulation that provides vital nutrients and oxygen to injured body tissues. Therefore, this therapy speeds up the repair and regeneration of injured tissues which in effect reduces pain and inflammation. Generally a special device called infrared lamp for physiotherapy is used for the treatment.

important precautions

  • Infrared radiation therapy in physiotherapy may not be suitable for pregnant women and patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement or have metal implants in their body.
  • Patients who are taking photosensitive medicines containing lithium, melatonin and other antibiotics can be recommended by Doctor to avoid getting exposed to the infrared radiations. 

Please ensure that Infrared therapy is always taken after consulting a Doctor.

how can portea help

  • You are assured of getting best in class IR Physiotherapy services in the comfort of your home
  •  Our physiotherapists are experienced, trained and certified
  • The treatment provided is customized as per the patient’s need
  •  Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, and prepare a treatment plan using advanced technology
  •   Doctors and Physiotherapists are understanding and kind towards special needs of patients
  •   You have the facility of booking the time slot of your session as per your convenience
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