The I-Therm is a revolutionary system that safely heats body tissue and promotes healing by increasing localized blood flow.The healing power of deep penetrating heat is widespread and profound. Molecular Hyperthermia Therapy (I-Therm) is a therapeutic technology that artificially raises the temperature of targeted areas of the body to promote healing. I-Therm utilizes the body’s natural response to heat to provide the desired therapeutic effect.
A dramatic increase in regional blood flow is the most important physiological response associated with I-Therm. When local muscle tissue temperatures exceed 42°C (108°F), a body naturally counters with a surge of cool blood to prevent the muscle from overheating. This in turn increases nutrients and oxygen to the treated area, critical for anabolic processes and necessary for tissue repair. Clinical studies have successfully demonstrated that muscle tissue heated to 45° C (113°F) increased blood flow up to 1500%.
Increased blood flow accelerates the removal of both dead tissue, cell debris and excess fluids. Hyperthermia advances production and secretion of cytokines that reduce inflammation and encourage cellular repair. Unlike drugs that exert their anti-inflammatory affect systemically, I-Therm exerts its affect only to the targeted area. I-Therm has an analgesic affect by removing inflamed cells from the affected area.
Unlike side-effect producing drugs that simply mask the symptoms associated with disease, I-Therm works in concert with the body’s natural immune processes to unlock the body’s amazing power to heal.
I-Therm at LifeWorks
Patients lay on a comfortable bed and have heated pads placed on their bodies, wherever they have pain. The I-Therm produces a shortwave electromagnetic field at the optimized frequency to induce hyperthermia in targeted tissues up to 15 cm (6 in) beneath the skin. It is engineered to maximize the specific absorption rate, resulting in optimal therapeutic warming temperatures within 8 minutes and maintains these temperatures for the duration of therapy.
The I-Therm also includes temperature sensors that safely monitor and control both internal and external (skin) temperatures.
The key benefits of an I-Therm treatment are that it alleviates pain, provides rapid neurologic rehabilitation and enhances the effectiveness of cancer treatments. Patients who benefit from the treatments include those with sports injuries and muscle, bone and nerve pain. Hyperthermia for Cancer has also been proven to shrink cancerous tumors and it is used as part of the cancer protocol at LifeWorks.
I-Therm applications include:
- Sports medicine
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
- Soft issue