THE NEAR INFRARED (NIR) ADVANTAGE
Chromophores are photoreceptors in our cells that are activated upon light absorption.
Near infrared light is contained within the spectrum of natural sunlight.
Tungsten heat lamps provide the full range of this NIR light.
The phototherapy (“light therapy”) effects of NIR light cannot be overstated. The interaction of chromospheres within our bodies with near infrared light is the key to understanding the power of NIR light.
Heat Penetration & Detoxification
Near infrared light has been shown in studies to penetrate deep within tissue, potentially unlocking even hard to reach toxins.
Wound & Tissue Repair
Multiple studies show accelerated healing of wounds and other types of tissue injury using near infrared light. A great example is the use of near infrared light therapy to treat disorders and injury to the eyes. Rather than causing injury to the eye, near infrared light helps the eyes heal.
In a scientific study, mice were blinded by chemical injury (methanol) and the blindness was reversed with the application of near infrared light therapy. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the powerful healing effects of near infrared light. NIR light promotes faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth.
Athletic & Physical Performance
Sauna bathing after exercise have been shown to increase athletic performance, reduce fatigue and improve muscle recovery. Muscle circulation is increased. Innovative gyms are actually installing infrared lamp systems integrated with exercise equipment for an enhanced experience. Growth hormone release also occurs with sauna use and can increase muscle strength.
Saunas also provide many of the same benefits as aerobic exercise. Both result in sweating which provides detoxification but of course the sauna detoxification is much more extensive and powerful. Sauna use also increases metabolism, heart rate, and improves circulation like exercise but does so in a stress free, relaxing environment.
Joint & Muscle Pain
Low level light therapy has been shown to reduce joint and muscle pain in animal studies. Penetrating near infrared light appears to address going and muscle problems from multiple angles. Celluma near infrared devices used for pain relief are common in physical therapy and pain management offices. Far infrared does not provide this effect.
Care for your body’s largest organ! Your skin is a major organ for eliminating body wastes through sweating. Most people don’t sweat enough.
Near infrared saunas encourage sweating and unlock toxins stored beneath the skin bringing deeper toxins to the skin for elimination. NIR light easily penetrates the skin, boosts circulation and brings more blood and nutrients not only to the skin itself but to deeper tissues as well.
Near infrared light therapy has been shown to stimulate vital collagen and elastin production. Collagen helps plump the skin, while elastin firms the skin. The visible red and NIR light energizes and repairs damaged cells, stimulating collagen and elastin and returning the skin to a more youthful look.
Near infrared light is being used currently to treat specific skin problems such as acne scars, eczema, rosacea and more.
Treating psoriasis with light therapy is probably the oldest known therapy for this skin disease. Bathing in sunlight to relieve symptom of psoriasis is an age old remedy.
Near infrared light provides new hope for those that suffer from psoriasis. Near infrared light therapy has been shown to help heal psoriasis non-evasively without side effects.
Body Fat & Cellulite
Regular sauna use can reduce overall body fat. Near infrared light has been shown to decrease cellulite. Near infrared light allow specific problem areas to be targeted as needed. (E.g. cellulite in thigh skin). A study involving a group of women riding stationary bicycles demonstrated a 444% increase in weight loss for the group exposed to near infrared light when compared to the exercise only group. Infrared light combined with other therapies has been shown to be effective in controlling cellulite.
information from Sauna Space