When Cindy Kemper began researching the expansion of her boutique hair, skin and spray tanning salon in Ashburn, Heaven & Elle, she never dreamed it would provide solutions for chronic pain (back, neck, knee as well as Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, daily discomfort), fatigue and cellulite reduction wrapped in one.
But that is exactly what occurred – a full body infrared heat wrap which accomplishes – all in one.
“When I began to investigate this, I was skeptical until I started reading proven medical results, speaking to salon owners around the country, users and actually tried it myself,” said Kemper.
In fact, infrared heat has been proven in double-blind studies published by the National Institutes of Health as being very effective in reducing chronic pain.
“The IR therapy unit used was demonstrated to be effective in reducing chronic low back pain, and no adverse effects were observed.”
Further, the study demonstrated that results became better over time.
“The IR therapy group showed a progressive decline in pain levels of approximately 50%, which was greater toward the end of the seven-week study period. This was highly significant both by within-group comparison and compared with the placebo group.”
What is chronic pain?
Pain in the body that lasts longer than six months is referred to as chronic and how chronic pain came to be in the body varies. Some pain starts with trauma or an injury to the body while other types of chronic pain may be triggered by poor posture, health conditions and more.
Any kind of long-lasting pain, especially that caused by a past injury or bodily damage can take an emotional toll on a person. Feelings of stress, depression, anger or fatigue can make the pain worse, and they can also have negative effects on someone’s quality of life.
When your body starts to “heat up” the temperature elevation can increase blood flow. This increased blood flow and soothing infrared heat can act directly on areas that are in a state of panic which is often the case when you’re in pain. Increased circulation, blood flow and oxygen levels in our tissue have an impact on the pain we feel. New blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the area of the body experiencing pain that can promote healing.
“Infrared waves penetrate the body to create heat that results in immediate therapeutic benefits through increased blood flow and tissue oxygenation that provides more energy to heal,” said Clinical Director, Dr. Aaron Flickstein. “A study by Matsushita found that chronic pain patients experienced nearly a 70% reduction in pain levels after the first session of infrared therapy. Pain experience also decreased significantly and remained low throughout the observation period.”
Can infrared therapy be permanent?
“Infrared healing has become a leading-edge care for soft tissue injuries to promote both relief in chronic or intractable “permanent” cases, and accelerated healing in newer injuries,” said Flickstein. “Infrared heat can be very useful for inflammation, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.”
An article from Clinical Rheumatology points to a study in which 17 rheumatoid arthritis patients received eight infrared treatments over a four-week span. They noticed that their pain, stiffness, and fatigue showed improvement, without adverse effects.
So, why does the body respond so well to repetitive infrared use?
The human body (and all warm-blooded animals!) emits infrared heat as well. Field experts and studies have concluded over many years that chronic pain can be lessened by frequent infrared exposure as infrared heat has shown it can work in accelerating recovery from acute and chronic soft tissue injuries in ligaments, tendons, fascia and muscles.
Can infrared heat help reduce cellulite?
It happens to the best of us, it’s annoying, almost unavoidable, it makes your skin look like an orange peel. What is it?! The dreaded cellulite.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a gel-like substance that is made up of fat, water, and wastes trapped in pockets below the skin’s surface. The pockets of cellulite are often called globules and cellulite is so visible, in part due to weakened connective tissue and tight fascia. Fascia is a fibrous connective tissue that is fused to each vein, artery, bone and muscle. It’s present throughout the entire body and unhealthy fascia can cause body pain, the appearance of cellulite and more.
The body’s physiological response to infrared immersion often includes improved circulation, increased blood flow and sweat production. Flickstein confirms that exposure to infrared heat can greatly advance an anti-cellulite program.
While there is no miracle cure for cellulite, infrared heat has been proven to reduce cellulite, especially when combined with cardio and aerobics, proper nutrition, topical products such as scrubs, sprays, and creams meant just for those problem areas.
Besides encouraging fats and toxins to leave the body, exposure to infrared saturation can also prompt the rebuilding of collagen connective tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells producing collagen fibers). Stronger collagen can help rearrange the globules away from each other and the skin’s surface, leading to the prevention of further accumulation of cellulite.
In addition, due to the sweating infrared heat has the added ability to penetrate deeply, it can help with the release of toxins through the skins sweat glands.
Kemper found all of this to be enough to invest in and provide infrared body wraps to her clients at Heaven and Elle. She often combines spray tans through her brand, Skinny Tan, to offer a full solution of feel-good, look-good confidence-building solution that actually works.
For more information or an appointment for infrared heat sessions and profession spray tans, contact Heaven & Elle at 571-223-0051 or HeavenAndElle.com.4 comments