Infrared Lamp Use & Safety
Infrared Light Therapy
Infrared heat lamps are suitable for use at home and in a professional setting. The Infrared Heat Lamp uses short-wave infrared light produced by an incandescent heat source to give deeper penetration of heat to tissues than conventional heat sources. Infrared heat lamps, also known as “IR lamps” have a large, 250-275 watt, reddish incandescent bulb.
This can enhance blood circulation, improving the transport rate of essential biochemical compounds, as well as provide pain relief and a pleasant warming effect. Manage pain and injury effectively Heat therapy provides benefits for numerous injuries, illnesses and chronic conditions.
A popular treatment for muscle pains and injuries, heat therapy has been used to relieve pain from sports injuries and other non-infected wounds, as well as to treat lumbago, neuralgia, myalgia, arthritis, and other chronic conditions. The Infrared Heat Lamp has an adjustable intensity dial and a flexible arm, making it a quick and easy way to target your aches and pains.
Most Infrared lamps should have a stainless-steel safety grill to protect the user from the heated bulb.
You can position the infrared lamp close to the treatment area and position yourself comfortably so the area of the body you are treating is exposed to the IR light.
Position yourself or the patient approximately 45 - 60 cm’s away from the lamp head
Eye protection may be required if the treatment area causes the IR Light to shine towards the head or eyes.
The heat felt from the IR lamp should be a comfortable heat, you can increase the distance of the IR lamp or use the temperature control to ensure the heat felt during treatment remains pleasant.
You can use the IR lamp for 15-20 minute sessions and repeat this up to three times a day for most areas of the body, but for use around the head area, a treatment time of no more than 10 minutes is advised. The overuse of IR lamps does not provide any additional benefit to the treatment.
For home and personal use, it is strongly recommended to use a timer or alarm to measure your treatments due to the relaxing experience of the warmth it is possible to fall asleep during a treatment.
Infrared Heat Lamp Safety Guidelines:
Generally, infrared light therapy is proven to be completely safe and side-effect free, however, there are some safety guidelines due to the heat involved with IR treatments.
- The heat from the infrared lamp may cause a slight temporary redness on your skin, this is not a burn, a should subside within in a few hours.
- When used around your head and face, use safety glasses with infrared absorbing glass and for no longer than 10 minutes.
- To prevent skin burns, ensure that you or the person receiving treatment is sitting at a distance where the heat feels comfortable for them.
- For injury treatment, avoid using the lamp for the first 24 hours, as the heat from the lamp might increase inflammation.
- Do not apply any oils, lotions or creams to your skin before using the infrared heat lamp a these could heat up and potentially cause a burn.
- Do not touch or move an infrared lamp when hot.
- Infrared lamp therapy is contraindicated for some skin cancers, which may become aggravated by the light.
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