The science behind the thermotherapy biomat
The Biomat is an FDA approved medical device with positive health indications. These indications are ailments to which the FDA has proved that a particular device actually works to produce a result. The Biomat is classified as a class II Medical Device and its indications are for temporary relief of muscle spasms, minor joint pain and stiffness, minor muscular back pain, muscle pain, joint pain associated with arthritis, minor strains, minor sprains, relaxation of muscles and the increase of local circulation where applied.
The heat received from the far infrared rays dilates the blood vessels much like aspirin, thus relieving muscle aches, back tensions while dilating blood vessels which results in increased blood flow and circulation. More oxygen-rich blood to depleted muscles can produce relief from aches as well as pains.
The far infrared also results in a rise of tissue temperatures and is considered thermotherapy. Thermotherapy is a therapy that adds heat to the body resulting in a rise of tissue temperature. This can increase blood flow to provide nutrients, protein, and oxygen at the place of injury. Studies show that a 1% increase in the temperature of tissues is associated with a ten to fifteen percent increase in tissue metabolism locally. This increase helps in the healing process by removing metabolic byproducts of the damaged tissues producing an environment to which the tissue may repair themselves.
As the heat raises body temperatures it induces a healthy fever, which can provide greater benefit to the immune system, specifically as a type of lymphocyte, known as a CD8+ cytotoxic T-cell, helps to eradicate infected cells. The biomat also generates negative ions by the way of seventeen layers to its construction. The TOCA (Tourmaline Catch Power) layer contains tourmaline stones which are a natural emitter of negative ions. In 2013 report on the effects of negative ions the studies were discussed the positive effects on physiological functions and human health from negative ions.
Because of the increased mineralization of the negative ions, the biomat can also be soothing for those suffering from exhaustion, fatigue, malaise, and assorted circulatory conditions. The biomat is safe effective and gentle which is why it is considered a basic detoxification service within our practice.
It has also been used in conjunction with other treatments for the following conditions:
- Chronic Pain
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Stress Reduction
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All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.
The following studies are found via Richway in regards to studies on the efficacies of these particular treatment:
Measuring Stress Reduction Using Far Infrared Medical Device
Dr. George Grant, Ph.D, I.M.D., M.Sc., M.Ed., C.CHEM., R.M.
March 2nd, 2011
Article Featured in Prime-Journal.com – Measuring Stress Reduction using the InfraRed Negative Ions Amethyst BioMat
(A study where subjects were tested before and after using the Biomat for an hour daily over 2 months using ICAP Brain Scan, HRV Heart scan and Bio resonance Magnetic analyzer. The results were reduction in stress by 78% among subjects tested and an increased sense of well being.)
Evaluating thermotherapy using the amethyst Biobelt and the infrared negative ion amethyst Bio-Mat
Dr. George Grant, Ph.D, I.M.D., M.Sc., M.Ed., C.CHEM., R.M.
(George Grant discusses the results of a 3 month study using the BioBelt and Bio-Mat to reduce fat, pain, and stress in 12 patients)
The Effects of Repeated Thermal Therapy for Patients with Chronic Pain
Masuda A, Koga Y, Hattanmaru M, Minagoe S, Tei C.
Hyperthermia in Cancer Treatment
BioMat Skin Temperature Test Protocol and Thermal Images
November, 22, 2007
Test Facility: Teletherm Infrared Systems / Research
(Test Protocols of person using BioMat showing temperatures at each time interval for the center of the back of the head, upper-middle back, lower-middle back, buttocks, middle back of thigh and middle back of calf.
Too Hot for Cancer
Alternative Medicine,, Issue 37 September, 2000
Harvey Kaltsas, D.O.Ml, A.P.
(A report on hyperthermia, electrotherapy and far infrared rays as a treatment for cancer)
Preliminary Trial To Investigate The Effect Of Myocardial Maintenance Of Amethyst BioMat Following Miocardial Infarct Operation
Medical Reseach Center, Sapporo Medical School, Japan
Skanuma Kiyosi MD/PhD
Far infrared radiation (FIR): its biological effects and medical applications
Fatma Vatansever, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; and Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA;
Corresponding author: Michael R. Hamblin, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Published 2012 Oct 16.
Controlled Trial of Bright Light and Negative Air Ions for Chronic Depression
Psychological Medicine, 2005, 35, 1-11
Namni Goel, Michael Terman, Jiuan Su Terman, Mariana M. Macchi and Jonathan W. Stewart
(A peer-reviewed study that concludes that bright light and negative ion therapy is effective in treating chronic depression)
Negative ion therapy research and studies
Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder with a High-output Negative Ionizer
Michael Terman, Ph.D. and Jiuan Su Terman, Ph.D.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 1, Number 1, 1996
(A study that suggests electrolyzed-reduced water scavenges active oxygen species and protects DNA from oxidative damage)
Negatively Charged Atomic Oxygen and Its Impact on Biology and Pathology of Life Processes
Harry L. Beckman, M.D.
Presented at the 5th International Congress of Cybernetic Medicine, Naples, 1968
The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research
Pierce J Howard, Ph.D
Bard Press, 1999