Infrared Therapy Systems are a patented range of deep tissue infrared heat
pads designed to relieve pain, promote healing and accelerate rehabilitation.
Unlike conventional hot packs or heating pads that simply
heat the surface of the skin by conduction, Thermotex safely delivers FAR
infrared thermal energy beneath the surface of the skin.
Thermotex re-invents infrared by producing 100% FAR infrared,
replacing conventional infrared lamps which emit light from different parts
of the electro-magnetic spectrum and must therefore be used with caution.
In studies, the unique subcutaneous heat delivery mechanism of Thermotex has
been shown to raise temperatures at depths of penetration measured at 2.36
inches after just 20 minutes of use. Thermotex products emit a peak far infrared
light wave of 9.23 microns using a patented Thermotex
carbon impregnated element.
deep tissue infrared heat therapy delivers prolonged heat where it is most
needed. This effectively increases blood flow into the targeted area to deliver
nutrients and oxygen and to keep tissues healthy while eliminating waste and
easing inflammation. Our Infrared Thermal systems have abeen successfully
used by thousands upon thousands of pain sufferers and medical therapists
and is distributed in not only North America, but also in Europe.
Through the absorption of infrared thermal energy, tissues
are safely and gently heated increasing blood flow within the treated area.
Your bodys natural response to this increased temperature is to try
to maintain a condition of homeostasisa balanced environment or state
of equilibrium throughout the body. To do this, your body responds with a
rapid increase in blood flow to the area.
Thermotex is the natural approach to effective
is FAR Infrared Thermal Therapy?
The sun, our source of life-sustaining power, provides the answer. On
a clear, sunny day the comforting warmth you feel on your skin is far
infrared radiation. Completely safe, far infrared light, unlike ultraviolet
radiation, does not cause skin damage or sunburn. Generally, far Infrared
light waves have proven to be the most optimal for improving our health
because of their safe, natural thermal qualities.
Infrared light waves are electromagnetic waves located
between visible light and microwave. With a wavelength range between 0.76
to 1000 um, infrared is divided into three wave types: Short, Near and
Far Infrared. Found between 8-14um frequency, Far Infrared light waves
are the most optimal for improving our health because of their thermal
qualities.Read more about
FAR Infrared wavelengths.
the atomic level, far infrared energy is shown to cause the body's molecules
to vibrate thus making the infrared a useful frequency range for therapeutic
use since it heats the object but not the air around it. When applied
to the human body, only the far infrared
rays have biologically beneficial effects. These warming "far infrared
rays" have a wavelength compatible with the human body and are thus
products emit a peak far infrared light wave of 9.23 microns using a patented
does it work?
Points of Infrared
Infrared in electromagnetic spectrum Natural absorption in the
human body centers around 9 microns.
Depth of Penetration 2.36 inches
Radiant vs conductive
Our products infrared energy produces relatively cool temperatures
(40 C - 45 C). Wont dehydrate or burn.
Heat Transfer and Electromagnetic Radiation
There are three phenomena through which energy can be transmitted: electromagnetic
radiation, conduction, and convection. While all three energy forms are
present in the application of Thermotex products the primary energy
form utilized is electromagnetic radiation. Unlike conduction and convection,
electromagnetic waves need no material medium for transmission. As with
the electromagnetic radiant energy of the sun, which travels through the
atmosphere to warm the earth, the radiant energy emitted by Thermotex
products for therapeutic purposes, are emitted to and absorbed by the
body in a natural process.
All of the components
of the electromagnetic spectrum, regardless of frequency, also have in
common the typical properties of wave motion. The wavelengths range from
millionths of a centimeter to many kilometers. The wavelength and frequency
are important in determining heating effect, visibility, penetration and
other characteristics of the electromagnetic radiation.
An understanding of Infrared ("IR") firstly requires an understanding
of radiant heat. Radiant heat is also called infrared energy. Radiant
heat is simply a form of energy that heats objects directly through a
process called conversion, without having to heat the air space in between.
IR is the emission
of energy as electromagnetic waves in the portion of the spectrum just
beyond the limit of the red portion of the visible spectrum.
The infrared segment
of the electromagnetic spectrum is divided into 3 segments by wave length,
measured in microns or micrometers (one micron = 1/1,000,000 of a meter):
0.076 - 1.5 microns =
Near Infrared (NIR);
1.5 - 5.6 microns = Middle Infrared (MIR); and
5.6 - 1000 microns = Far or long wave infrared (FIR).
The Human Bodys Energy Absorption Spectra
Our bodies radiate and absorb infrared energy through the skin at 3 -
50 microns with a concentration of energy output at 9.4 microns. The IR
radiation of Thermotex products emit about one-third of its output
in the MIR band width from 2 - 5.6 microns, for deeper penetration, with
the balance of output in the FIR band, from 5.6 - 25 microns with that
part of the output spread evenly around the 9.4 micron pivot point of
peak human output. This distribution maximizes the higher penetration
of the middle-band waves and combines them with the long waves that produce
a resonant absorption amplification of healthy tissue output.
The following is summarized
from Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th Edition, ED. Justus
F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Chapter 9 or concluded from the
Generally it is accepted
that heat produces the following desirable therapeutic effects:
1. It increases the extensibility of collagen
Tissues heated to 45 C and then stretched exhibit a non-elastic residual
elongation of about 0.5 0.9% that persists after the stretch is
removed which does not occur in these same tissues when stretched at normal
tissue temperatures. Thus 20 stretching sessions can produce a 10
18% increase in length in tissues heated and stretched.
This effect would be especially valuable in working with ligaments, joint
capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synovium that have become scarred, thickened
Such stretching at 45 C caused much less weakening in stretched tissues
for a given elongation than a similar elongation produces at normal tissue
The experiments cited clearly showed that low-force stretching can produce
significant residual elongation when heat is applied together with stretching
or range-of-motion exercises, which is also safer than stretching tissues
at normal tissue temperatures.
This safer stretching effect is crucial in properly training competitive
athletes so as to minimize their "down" time from injuries.
2. It decreases joint stiffness directly
There was a 20% decrease in stiffness at 45 C as compared with 33 C in
rheumatoid finger joints, which correlated perfectly to both subjective
and objective observation of stiffness.
Any stiffened joint and thickened connective tissues should respond in
a similar fashion.
3. It relieves muscle spasms
Muscle spasms have long been observed to be reduced through the use of
heat, be they secondary to underlying skeletal, joint, or neuropathological
This result is possibly produced by the combined effect of heat on both
primary and secondary afferents from spindle cells and from its effects
on Golgi tendon organs. The effects produced by each of these mechanisms
demonstrated their peak effect within the therapeutic temperature range
obtainable with radiant heat.
4. It produces pain relief
Pain may be relieved via the reduction of attendant or secondary muscle
Pain is also at times related to ischemia due to tension or spasm which
can be improved by the hyperemia that heat-induced vasodilation produces,
thus breaking the feedback loop, in which the ischemia leads to further
spasm and then more pain.
Heat has been shown to reduce pain sensation by direct action on both
free-nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves. In one dental
study, repeated heat applications led finally to abolishment of the whole
nerve response responsible for pain arising from dental pulp.
Heat may both lead to increased endorphin production and a shutting down
of the so-called "spinal gate" of Melzack and Wall, each of
which can reduce pain.
5. It increases blood flow
Heating of one area of the body produces reflex-modulated vasodilations
in distant-body area, even in the absence of a change in core body temperature;
ie. heat one extremity and the contralateral extremity also dilates: heat
a forearm and both lower extremities dilate; heat the front of the trunk
and the hand dilates.
Heating of muscles produces an increased blood flow level similar to that
seen during exercise.
Temperature elevation produces an increase in blood flow and dilation
directly in capillaries, arterioles and venuies, probably through direct
action on the smooth muscles. The release of bradykinin, released as a
consequence of sweat-gland activity, also produces increased blood flow
Whole-body hyperthermia, with a consequent core temperature elevation,
further induces vasodilation via a hypothalamic-induced decrease in sympathetic
tone on the arteriovenous anastomoses. Vasodilation is also produced by
axonal reflexes and by flexes that change vasomotor balance.
6. It assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates
The increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to
help evacuate edema which can help end inflammation, decrease pain and
help speed healing.
7. More recently, it has been used in cancer therapy
This is a new and experimental procedure.
It shows great promise in some cases when used properly.
American researchers favor careful monitoring of the tumor temperature;
whereas, the successes reported in Japan
make no mention of such precaution. Back
Thermotex is a registered medical device with both Health Canada, and
the US Food and Drug Administration.
have shown therapy applications with thermal energy penetration of up to 2.36
inches. Heating pads, which provide topical conductive heat, only penetrate
2 - 3 mm. Depth of penetration substantiated in a study done by Dr. Ronald
J. Riegel entitled "Thermotex Therapy System Infrared heating pad
versus conventional heating pad and hot towel."
infrared operates at temperatures of between 40C - 45C, versus heating pads
that are often in excess of 55C. Our products will not burn or dehydrate
Please be reminded
that our FAR Infrared Thermal Systems are not intended to diagnose,
cure or prevent any disease.
The FAR Infrared Thermal
Therapy Systems with Thermotex are completely safe to use. Thermotex
infrared operates at temperatures of between 40C - 45C, versus heating pads
that are often in excess of 55C. Our products will not burn or dehydrate
pain medications simply disrupt the body's pain signals to the brain, masking
the body's ability to recognize pain, rather than removing the source or cause
of that pain. The effectiveness of Thermotex in reducing and controlling
your pain will in most cases allow you to reduce your pain medication intake.
Thermotex provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief
with no side effects.
Dr. Aaron M. Flickstein
Safety of Infrared Radient Energy
Is Infrared Radiant Heat Safe For Me?
What exactly is radiant
heat? No need to worry - - it has nothing to do with either ultraviolet radiation
(which gives you a sunburn and damages your skin) or atomic radiation (the
kind from a nuclear bomb).
Radiant heat is simply
a form of energy that heats objects directly through a process called conversion,
without having to heat the air between. Radiant heat is also called infrared
energy (IR). The infrared segment of the electromagnetic spectrum is divided
into 3 segments by wave length, measured in microns or micrometers (a micron
= 1/1,000,000 of a meter): 0.076 1.5 microns = near or close; 1.5
5.6 = middle or intermediate; 5.6 1000 = far or longwave infrared.
The infrared segment of the electromagnetic spectrum occurs just below or
"infra" to red light as the next lowest energy band of light. This
band of light is not visible to human eyes but can be seen by special cameras
that translate infrared into colors visible to our eyes. We can, however,
feel this type of light which we perceive as heat. Our sun produces most of
its energy output in the infrared segment of the spectrum. Our atmosphere
has a "window" in it that allows IR rays in the 7 14 micron
range to safely reach the earths surface. When warmed, the earth radiates
infrared rays in the 7 14 micron band with its peak output at 10 microns.
According to Dr. Tsu-Tsair
Oliver Chi in his summation on the mechanism of action of infrared devices
tuned to the human body, these rays are selectively absorbed by the tissues
needing a boost in their output. The internal production of infrared energy
that normally occurs within our tissues is associated with a variety of healing
responses and may require a boost to a maximal level to insure the fullest
healing response possible in a tissue under repair. After boosting a tissues
level to maximum, the remaining rays pass onward harmlessly. This phenomenon
is called "resonant absorption".
The sun is the principal
source of radiant energy that we experience daily. Have you ever been outside
on a partly cloudy day of about 50 F and felt quite comfortable when suddenly
the sun was obscured by a cloud? Although the air temperature had not had
time to drop, you felt chilled, as the cloud would not let the warming infrared
rays through to reach you.
Our bodies radiate infrared
energy out through the skin at 3 50 microns, with most of their output
at 9.4 microns. Our palms emit infrared energy at between 8 14 microns.
Palm healing, which has a 3,000 year-old tradition in China, has been based
on the healing properties of these natural infrared rays. The Yogis in India
also use such palm healing and recommend it especially for relieving eye strain.
Do Not Use in Cases of:
Pregnancy, Adrenal Suppression, Hemophilia
Do not use Thermotex Systems
in conjunction with liniments.
Consult your health care professional before using Thermotex if you have any
of the following:
Using prescription drugs
Recent acute joint injury
Chronically hot or swollen joint
Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses
NOTE: These cautionary notes are a guideline only and not intended to replace
a health care professionals advice. Should any negative reaction to Thermotex
use occur, always discontinue use and contact your health care professional.