Deep Tissue FAR Infrared Thermal Systems

 

  Emerson WorldWide introduces Infrared Thermal Therapy Products. Thermotex™ produces FAR Infrared heating to provide deep penetrating warmth for temporary relief of acute and chronic pain. Thermotex™ is a convenient, portable therapy system that you can use at home, in the office, while driving or on vacation to provide effective temporary pain relief wherever and whenever you need it.
   
Yes, you can plug these units into your car dashboard and have comfort from pain while driving! Click here to view our informative product video. (25MB - 14:45)

 

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Thermotex™Overview

  Thermatex 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 Therm
otex carbon impregnated element.
   Thermotex 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 body’s natural response to this increased temperature is to try to maintain a condition of homeostasis—a 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 pain relief.
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What 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.
   
At 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 easily absorbed.
Thermotex products emit a peak far infrared light wave of 9.23 microns using a patented Thermotex carbon impregnated element.  

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How does it work?

Key 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 product’s infrared energy produces relatively cool temperatures (40 C - 45 C). Won’t 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.

Infrared 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 Body’s 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 data therein.Generally it is accepted that heat produces the following desirable therapeutic effects:
1. It increases the extensibility of collagen tissues
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 or contracted.
Such stretching at 45 C caused much less weakening in stretched tissues for a given elongation than a similar elongation produces at normal tissue temperatures.
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 conditions.
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 spasms.
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 and vasodilation.
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
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What types of Pain will it relieve?

Chronic Pain and Pain from Injury

Back pain
Arthritis
Bursitis
Fibromyalgia
Tendonitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Bursitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Constipation
Crohn's Disease
Dupuytren's Contracture
Fibromyalgia
Hemorrhoids
Hip pain
Hypertension
Lactic acid build-up
Menstrual cramps
Migraines
Muscle spasms

Whiplash
Golfer's / Tennis elbow
Sprains & Strains
Osteoarthritis
Plantar Fasciitis
Repetitive Strain Injury
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Sciatica
Shoulder problems
Sinus problems
Spastic bowel
Tendonitis
Tennis Elbow
Tension / Stress
TMJ
Varicose Veins

 
These are only a few of the conditions for which Thermotex™ provides effective temporary pain relief. If you suffer from pain caused by a condition not listed, please contact us to see if we can help.
Please read the Testimonials of how our FAR Infrared Thermal Systems helped our customers.

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How does FAR Infrared Thermal Units compare to conventional heating pads?


Thermotex™ is a registered medical device with both Health Canada, and the US Food and Drug Administration.
   Studies 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."
   
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 the skin.

Please be reminded that our FAR Infrared Thermal Systems are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
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Is it safe/Contraindications?

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 the skin.
   Most 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.

By 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 earth’s 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 tissue’s 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.

Contraindications  

Do Not Use in Cases of:
Pregnancy, Adrenal Suppression, Hemophilia

Do not use Thermotex Systems in conjunction with liniments.

Cautionary Notes:
Consult your health care professional before using Thermotex if you have any of the following:

Malignancy (including skin lesions)
Circulatory diseases
Using prescription drugs
Recent acute joint injury
Chronically hot or swollen joint
Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses
Metal implants

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.

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