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There is a type of therapy out there that we've been quite interested in. We started to incorporate products in our wellness line that carry this technology, the "infrared therapy". We've been hearing about this everywhere in the health and wellness world, but what is it exactly? Do we REALLY benefit of infrared therapy, or is it just a marketing gimmick? 


Infrared waves were reportedly discovered by John Frederik William Herschel, in the year 1800. He made this discovery during his experiments on refraction of invisible rays using a prism. The ray with the highest temperature was the one after the color red. He named those “calorific rays.”

Infrared radiation (IR), also known as thermal radiation, is that band in the electromagnetic radiation spectrum with wavelengths above red visible light between 780 nm and 1 mm.


A PhD at the Cleveland Clinic, along with Jacuzzi® wellness expert team, performed a research on the technology and the benefits of Infrared therapy. This research outlined the amazing benefits of adding infrared therapy to their hot tubs. At the conclusion of this paper, Jacuzzi® began working with a development partner to identify the exact wavelength output requirements for the Near Infrared (NIR) in an underwater application.

In the new J-LX® collection, as well as in our infrared saunas and swim spas, while specialized deep Red Light reaches surface tissue and cells to ensure a long-lasting feeling of regeneration, NIR waves penetrate below the skin into the deeper muscle tissue specifically in the lower back area. Infrared and Red Light therapy work together, as their rejuvenating powers go deep beneath the skin’s surface to relieve pain and improve range of motion. 


Pain relief is one of the key benefits delivered through Infrared therapy. It is particularly effective in the lower back region. Considering that many people suffer from chronic lower back pain, this is especially important. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “an estimated 619 million people live worldwide with lower back pain, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide.” The organization also reports that lower back pain has “the highest prevalence globally among musculoskeletal conditions; it is the condition where the greatest number of people may benefit from rehabilitation.” Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the “percentage of adults with back pain increased with age from 28.4% for those aged 18-29 and 35.2% for those aged 30-44 to 44.3% for those aged 45-65 and 45.6% for those aged 65 and over.” The statistics don’t end there. Chronic pain caused by arthritis and severe joint pain is an ongoing problem in the U.S. The CDC states that “one in four adults with arthritis—15 million people—report experiencing severe joint pain related to arthritis. Additionally, nearly half of adults with arthritis have persistent pain.” Knowing that lower back pain is a struggle for people across the globe, Jacuzzi® decided to focus solely on the lower back of the FX therapy seat. The application of Near Infrared (NIR) to the lower back muscles promotes healing with consistent use of the therapy. 


You can be confident in using Infrared and Red Light therapy to enhance your relaxation, knowing this technology is founded in scientific research. The Infrared and Red Light technology used in Jacuzzi® hot tubs and other wellness products deliver preprogrammed therapy which takes the guesswork out of treatment. To ensure safety, Jacuzzi® has tested this product to the IEC 62471 Photobiological Safety Standard in both a wet and dry application. Infrared and Red Light cannot be used too much, so all applications are factory set with timers. Because its integrated design works in tandem with hydrotherapy, it’s easy and stress-free to use — all you have to do is relax and enjoy full-body rejuvenation and regeneration in your Jacuzzi® hot tub, and in your Jacuzzi® infrared sauna. 

Jacuzzi® is the pioneer and leader in hydrotherapy. Always ahead of the industry and its competitors, it is the first and only brand to offer Infrared and Red Light therapy across a range of wellness products, from saunas, to swim spas, to hot tubs. Their unmatched patent pending therapy is available on the J-LX™ and J-400™ hot tub collections as well as the Jacuzzi® PowerPro® and PowerActive® Swim Spa Collections. 


Medical disclaimer: This information is not intended to prescribe a particular diagnosis or course of action. We are not medical professionals. Please contact your GP or other medical professional for advice if you have any concerns about your current health or well-being. The IR and Red Light device has been tested both in a dry and submerged state by certified third-party Intertek® test laboratories. Testing was conducted for this device to the IEC 62471 Photobiological Safety of Light Standard. Results place this device in the Risk Group 0 (RG0) exempt category.
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