Infrared heat lamps feature red-tinted incandescent bulbs, which emit a minimum of 250 watts of infrared light along with light in the red, orange and yellow wavelengths. The light rays produced by the lamps penetrate into and are absorbed by the body at depths of three inches or more inches. The body’s ability to readily absorb the heat created by infrared light is the reason why heat lamps are used to keep human and animal infants warm, as they cannot generate or maintain body heat for the first few weeks of life.
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Physiological Effects of Infrared Heat Therapy
When tissues absorb the heat waves, water molecules within and between cells begin vibrating. Blood vessels excrete nitric oxide, which makes them semi-permeable and dilate. Fats, pathogens and other impurities are more readily able to pass into the bloodstream to be eliminated from the body as sweat or urine. Infrared heat has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
Dilated vessels also enhance blood circulation and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells. The abundance of red and white blood cells along with nutrients targeted to specific regions hastens injury or wound healing.
Vasodilation is especially helpful when vessel linings become stiffened due to plaque formation. The narrowed vessels increase the risk of blood clot formation. The warmth of infrared heat helps make these areas more pliable to enable vessel dilation.
The vibrating molecules also create heat in muscle tissue, connective tissue and organs, which induces relaxation while reducing pain signals. In addition to musculoskeletal discomforts, the lamp can also be used for a deep cleansing facial or skin rejuvenation.
Infrared heat has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels. It permeates within cells, which encourages increased energy production by the mitochondria. With more available nutrients, cellular reproduction and other activities also increase. As tissues, glands and organs respond to the warmth, the body’s metabolism increases. Some studies indicate that infrared heat exposure hastens the body’s ability to use calories and lose excess weight.
The warmth of an infrared lamp has the ability to reverse edema from fluid trapped between cells. The fluid returns to cell interiors or is evacuated through the bloodstream when in excess. Lymph vessels also dilate and reabsorb lymph fluid.
Infrared heat lamps are also commonly used to enhance wound healing, as the warmth increases blood flow to the area while destroying possible pathogens. Many additionally sit in front of a heat lamp when fighting upper respiratory infections to assist the body in eliminating bacterial, fungal or viral microbes.
Some researchers believe the lack of vitamin D production correlates with the increase in illnesses that commonly occur during winter. Infrared light alleviates the problem by triggering vitamin D production, which is important during the winter months when people venture outdoors less frequently for sun exposure. The warmth also stimulates the hypothalamus to produce the neurochemicals necessary to regulate vital signs, mood, sleep and pain signals.
Heat Treatment Recommendations
For arthritis or injury pain relief, position the lamp no less than 12 inches from the affected area for five to 30 minutes as tolerated. For acne treatment, facial rejuvenation or to encourage hair growth, treatments should last no more than five minutes with the lamp placed 12-22 inches from the area receiving treatment. Protective eyewear must also be worn. Before treating any region of the body, the skin must be clean and free from lotions, oils or creams.
The unique Skin Act heat therapy lamp features five lamps mounted on a single stand. Four flexible arms extend from a central lamp, which is attached to the sturdy stand. Each of the four arms features a heat lamp. The lamp arms enable users to swivel the lamps and bend each into the desired position. The five lamp design is ideal for covering larger body areas simultaneously or for use on more than one individual at the same time. The lamps can be used to provide the stimulation needed during body wraps or spray tans along with offering cleansing facials or injury treatment.
Each lamp has a protective exterior wire cage surrounding the bulbs. Each bulb generates 150 watts for a total of 750 watts of infrared heat. Regulate the intensity of the five lamps simultaneously using the knob control on the centrally-located lamp. The stand telescopes from the base at heights ranging from 42 to 50 inches tall and comes with casters on the four-star base for moving the device from one location to another. Each arm also fully extends up to 20 inches in length. The entire device weighs 35 pounds. The Skin Act heat therapy lamps come with a an extra bulb and a limited one-year warranty.
KS Choi 9800
Unlike traditional heat lamps containing a large, red bulb, the KS Choi 9800 is known as a Teding Diancibo Pu or TDP lamp. The unique mineral heat lamp was created in the 1970s when Chinese researchers were curious as to why ceramic factory workers did not suffer from muscle pain or arthritis despite their demanding physical jobs. The group of scientists concluded that the mineral content of the clay used for making ceramics had unusual properties, which prohibited pain and arthritis. The group’s theory lead to the development of the TDL lamp. Since that time, the lamps have been used in homes and medical clinics in many different world countries. The TDL Lamp was awarded a gold medal at the Zagreb International Fair in 1986. Two years later, the device won FDA approval in the United States.
The KS Choi 9800 contains an electronic coil behind a heat-treated black clay mineral plate. The clay plate features a series of small holes and contains 33 different minerals, which are essential to the body. When turned on, the plate emits electromagnetic waves in the 2 to 25 micron infrared range along with the mineral compounds. The body absorbs the energy and nutrients. TDP lamps provide the same beneficial physiological effects of a traditional heat lamp.
The 6.5-inch diameter mineral plate delivers up to 1,500 hours of radiant heat. At the end of the plate’s lifespan, users simply remove and replace the plate. The plate and heating element are attached to a sturdy four-star base complete with casters. The pole adjusts for height and features the control box containing the on/off switch plus and an automatic timer. The flexible neck of the stand also enables users to bring the lamp head down to the desired height. The back of the control box contains a fuse box, which houses the two fuses needed to protect the lamp from abnormal electricity levels. For consumer convenience, the KS Choi comes with two additional replacement fuses.
The lamp must be turned on and allowed to warm up for at least 10 minutes prior to treatment. The head of the lamp must never be less than 10 inches from the area being treated. Treatment sessions should not extend past 40 minutes. The KS Choi 9800 comes with a limited six-month warranty that covers replacement parts and labor. The lamp requires some assembly and comes with an owner’s manual and detailed instructions.
KS Choi IR-300
The KS Choi IR-300 lamp provides traditional infrared heat via the 250-watt bulb. The bulb is safely inserted into the metal socket base and protected by a metal grid. The five-star base prevents accidental tipping and features casters for easy portability. The lamp weighs a mere 16 pounds and stands at 43 inches in height at its lowest level. However, the adjustment knob enables users to increase the height as needed. The control box on the metal pole stand features the on/off switch, heat intensity adjustment and an automatic, low-noise, 60-minute timer. The stand above the control box features a flexible goose-neck for turning or further adjusting the lamp height as needed.
According to the instructions provided by KS Choi, the lamp should never be positioned closer than 18 inches from the treatment surface. The lamp comes equipped with a user instruction manual and a six-month limited warranty.
The Amon Tech infrared heat lamp is supported by a sturdy five-star base complete with casters for portability. The 8.4-pound floor stand lamp features a 275-watt bulb encased in a metal frame and covered by a protective metal screen. A knob on the stand enables users to extend the height of the lamp. The unique design of the lampstand includes an upper arm that bends in three places, which enables users to swivel the lamp head up and down or bend the arm to the ideal angle desired.
This feature allows individuals to place the lamp behind furniture and position the head for optimal treatment while having an unobstructed frontal view to watch TV or work on a computer. The flexible design makes the lamp ideal to use while sitting, standing or lying. The control panel is situated below the bendable arm and includes the on/off switch, the heat intensity adjustment and a digital timer. Fuses inserted at the base of the control panel protect the unit from power surges or shortages.