Anodyne therapy is one of the treatments recommended for pain management. The therapy itself is not invasive and uses infrared light to relieve painful sensations. Infrared light is known for the healing powers, because it is able to penetrate several centimeters into the body and cure different medical problems. It is used to relieve stiffness of the muscles, muscle spasms, chronic and neuropathic pain.
This light works by aiding the body to release nitric oxide, a substance well known to act as vasodilator (dilator of the blood vessels), but also as the pain relieving component. Because of these properties, nitric oxide can relax blood vessels, regulate blood pressure and fight against harmful free radicals. It is even more useful than that, for it can also prevent the aggregation of platelets in the blood vessels. Improving the circulation (by releasing nitric oxide), anodyne therapy eases the pain.
How is Anodyne TherapyPerformed
Anodyne therapy is scientifically proven to increase microcirculation and significantly reduce the pain and for these reasons it has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Doctor or therapist introducing the anodyne therapy will place 4 pads to the skin near the painful area. Every pad contains 60 infrared lights and can be adjusted to the shape of that specific part of the body. When the lights start to emit, infrared light penetrates the skin, which releases nitric oxide. As the result, after just 30 minutes of treatment, blood flow is increased for more than 4 times and the condition remains improved several hours after the treatment. In most cases, a patient needs about 3 to 4 anodyne treatments to achieve desired results.
Anodyne Therapy Use
This type of non-invasive pain management is used to improve circulation in various health problems. People suffering from peripheral diabetic neuropathy found out that this type of pain treatment works very well for them.
It is also used to relieve all kinds of wounds, sprains or strains of the muscles. Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or fibromyalgia can be successfully treated with anodyne therapy, too.
Many hospitals and some nursing homes use anodyne treatments for the management of chronic pains of their patients. People suffering from some occupational medical problems can also use anodyne therapy to improve their movement, flexibility or function, depending on the problem they have. Additionally, this type of therapy is used in US Army, to help and treat soldiers in elite squads, like Special Forces, Navy SEALs or Army Rangers.