Infrared & Health
Knowledge of infrared radiation
Infrared radiation is a natural component of sunlight. Without this radiation, which we perceive as warmth, there would be no life on earth. The atmosphere filters out a large part of the infrared radiation, namely IR-C.
We therefore enjoy the natural infrared A and infrared B radiation of the sun outdoors. our special Infrarotmed-heaters are modeled on natural sunlight.
What is deep heat?
Scientists refer to infrared A and infrared B radiation as deep heat, which can penetrate up to 5mm into the tissue, where it is then absorbed. As a result, the tissue can be warmed up very quickly and gently and better supplied with blood, which means that the muscles are better supplied with oxygen and nutrients.
Even at low temperatures, the deep heat effectively warms our body and stimulates our self-healing powers. Especially the infrared A radiation has already been shown to have many positive effects.
Muscle tension can be released and back pain relieved. The sweating process, which is gentle on the circulation, purifies and detoxifies the body.
The associated increase in body temperature (“artificial fever”) activates the self-healing powers and strengthens the immune system.
With infrared-C radiation, however, the heat transport only works indirectly via heat conduction, since it can only penetrate a maximum of 0.1 mm into the skin.
Red light has been used for over 120 years.
stimulation of the
Deep warming radiation
With the effect of the infrared radiation of the fire as a model, our emitters donate deep heat.
The infrared radiation
The depth of penetration into the skin and into the eye is greatest in the IR-A range, with the radiation energy being absorbed over a relatively large volume. ARC Seibersdorf research GmbH confirms that full-spectrum emitters do not damage the eyes during normal use
The irradiance of IR-A emitters is, however, far below the ICNIRP limit, so thermal damage to the retina is therefore, even when staring for a long time in the source, not possible.
As a result of the increased absorption by water, the depth of penetration of this radiation decreases drastically with increasing wavelength and reaches a minimum at a wavelength of 3,000 nanometers.
The penetration depth remains far below 1mm over the entire area due to the very strong water absorption, i.e. the radiation energy is absorbed directly on the surface of the eyes and skin. The term “deep heat”, which is often used for long-wave radiators (IR-C radiators), is therefore incomprehensible from a biophysical point of view.
Our full spectrum heater
Current types of radiators used in infrared cabins
IR-C – Large-area long-wave radiators (panels)
Practically the entire wall becomes warm here, whereby the surface temperature is usually only approx. 50 ° C. The emitted radiation is therefore in the far IR range (i.e. completely in the IR-C range).
Note: surface heater, heating, sauna, tiled stove, hot water bottle, bath tub
IR-B/C – Long wave radiator
Have a surface temperature of approx. 300 to 380 ° C and are often designed as rod radiators. At this temperature there is no longer absolutely pure IR-C radiation. About 5 to 10% of the radiation power is in the IR-B range.
IR-A/B/C – Shortwave radiators
With glowing tungsten filaments surrounded by glass or quartz tubes, radiator temperatures of up to 2,000 ° C can be achieved. The principle here is similar to a filtered halogen incandescent lamp and is known in a smaller version as a red light bulb, which has long been used in the household as a heat lamp (especially for head irradiation).
The radiation distribution results again from the temperature of the radiator – the maximum of the spectrum is, depending on the temperature, in the IR-A range or at the limit of the IR-A to the IR-B range.
Note: Conventional full spectrum radiator
INFRAROTMED – IR-A/B/C – short wave heater
- Protected INFRAROTMED emitter for red light and infrared light applications
- Linear double filter for a higher proportion of red light
- Adaptively adjustable infrared range (in connection with icon control)
- Surface heater (hot water bottle, radiator) 0% 0%
- Ceramic, incoloy / magnesium oxide emitters 10% 10%
- Full spectrum radiator – opaque 70% 70%
- Full spectrum radiator – clear 80% 80%
- INFRAROTMED fullspectrum heater 90% 90%
- sun 100% 100%
source: “Informationsblatt zu Infrarot-Wärmekabinen”, Fachbereich Laser und optische Strahlung, v1.2 April 2006 © ARC Seibersdorf research GesmbH 2006