Physiotherapy is an external treatment which is performed on a person with or without medicines. The physiotherapy is given to a patient often after minor or major accidents, post-surgery or in the case of nerve inflammation or sore muscles. The underlying issue is often identified by the orthopaedic doctor. In some cases, the Physiotherapist himself/herself identifies the issue and decides the plan of treatment.
The Physiotherapy is performed by a qualified doctor known as a physiotherapist. The therapist makes the plan of treatment which involves few set of exercises along with treatments which are given with the help of physiotherapy equipment. The equipment help in offering various treatments based on the patient requirement.
About Infrared Ultraviolet Lamps
The Ultraviolet lamp is used to offer Infrared radiation on the patient in order to treat certain health and skin conditions. Two of the most common therapies that are carried out by UV radiations are the Heat therapy and light therapy. The Infrared radiation is a convenient system which enables direct heating of the body. When the heat comes from the direct source of contact, it heats the external layer of skin as well as gets transferred to the deep layer inside by conduction.
The conduction needs a specific temperature to proceed further. The maximum level of temperature which can be used safely is approximately 42-degree centigrade. It is believed that the Infrared radiation is better than the visible radiation for the purpose of heating our body since it gets absorbed properly as compared to the strong reflection caused by visible light. The depth of the penetration of infrared radiation on the skin depends on the wavelength of radiation. The IR-A is considered as most penetrating which reaches few millimetres, IR-B goes up to the dermis, and IR-C gets absorbed only in the external layer of the epidermis. The infrared lamps used for physiotherapy works on IR-A radiation.
The heat therapy which is also known as thermotherapy mainly uses heat in the therapy for issues such as pain relief or other health conditions. Infrared lamps are one of the many ways which are used for performing the heat therapy. The other ways of performing heat therapy are ultrasound, whirlpool bath, heating pad, hot cloth, hot bottle, etc. The heat therapy helps people who are suffering from stiffness of muscles, arthritis or injuries in the deep tissue.
Heat Therapy offers therapeutic benefits of heat such as reducing joint stiffness, relieves pain and muscle spasm, reduce inflammation, helps in the healing phase, increase blood flow and the likes.
The light therapy which is also known as phototherapy involves exposure to either daylight, lights at a specific wavelength, diodes which emit light, fluorescent lamp, light with full spectrum or dichroic lamps. The light is given for a specific amount of time.
The Ultraviolet light is used for the treatment of other disorders such as:
- Skin conditions
- Atopic dermatitis
- Acne vulgaris
- Wound healing
- Retinal conditions
- Mood & sleep-related issues
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Non-seasonal depression
- Neonatal Jaundice
Online infrared ultraviolet lamps can be bought from any online portal which deals in physiotherapy equipment.