Understanding the Electromagnetic Spectrum and Its relation to Pain Relief
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The Electromagnetic Spectrum

And Its Relation to Pain Relief

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The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into (from shorter to longer wavelengths) gamma rays, x-rays, ultra violet, visible light (the small part of the light spectrum that we can visually detect), infrared, microwaves and radio waves.

Within the infrared portion of the spectrum there are three classifications: near infrared (NIR), middle infrared (MIR) and far infrared (FIR).


Key Points of Infrared

  1. Infrared in electromagnetic spectrum - natural absorption in the human body centers around a wavelength of 9 microns.
  2. Depth of penetration - 2.36 inches
  3. Radiant vs conductive
  4. 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 ThermotexTM 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 ThermotexTM 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.

electromagnetic 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)
5.6 - 1000 microns
far or long wave infrared (FIR)

The Human Body's Energy Absorption Spectra

Our bodies radiate and absorb infrared energy of 3 - 50 microns wavelength through the skin with a concentration of energy output at 9.4 microns. The IR radiation of ThermotexTM 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.



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