Liquid Titanium Information
Fenwick Equestrian's Liquid Titanium® Far InfraRed fabric incorporates a patent pending technology which has resulted in the production of a highly functional therapeutic blanket that heals and relaxes muscles naturally. Our Liquid Titanium® products improve blood flow without compression and accelerates the healing process.
Our Far InfraRed fabric enhances the body's natural ability to heal!
Fenwick Equestrian’s Liquid Titanium Far InfraRed fabric relieves arthritic aches and pains naturally through the Far Infrared (FIR) process which has been successfully used for centuries. Our therapeutic stable sheet can be worn as a stable sheet or blanket liner with no adverse effects. Unlike other therapeutic blankets, Fenwick's can be left on 24/7.
Picture 1 is Body temperature before Liquid Titanium Blanket was put on horse. Picture 2 shows visable increased blood flow after 30 minutes of wearing the blanket. also, there was no sweat present after removal of Liquid titanium blanket.
Far Infrared Rays (FIR) is a light energy and is considered essential to our well being and health. According to NASA, infrared stimulation is an ideal way to maintain cardiovascular stimulation. Fenwick's Liquid Titanium fabric produces internal warmth enabled by Far Infrared Rays that are able to penetrate into the skin's subcutaneous layers where they convert into radiant heat, raising the body temperature. Blood circulation is the result, thus beginning the "domino-effect" increasing metabolism and creating an improved immune response. Detoxification is achieved as the warmth from radiant heat helps to flush out toxic substances, heavy metals and other cell waste products through the sweat and fat glands in the skin. In addition, our Liquid Titanium fabric has eased nervous tension, stress and anxiety producing a calm and balanced mood with increased awareness in many horses.
Far Infrared Therapy is a natural, drug-free healing method to relieve pain, restore energy and boost the immune system.
Fenwick's Liquid Titanium also produces Negative Ions which have been proven to make us feel better by providing us with more energy and a positive mood. Think of when you are at the beach and the air smells so clean, or after a rain shower and everything seems so fresh. This gives you an idea of what negative ions can do for you. Then, think of how you feel being in a centrally heated or air-conditioned office all day, every day. You can't wait to get outdoors and breathe fresh air! A horse living in a stall in a city is like us being in an office all day and night. Statistics have proven that when an ionic air purifier is used in offices, people's performance increases by 25%. We can only absorb 15% through breathing, but by using the skin to absorb negative ions, we can absorb up to 100%.
Our cutting edge fabric allows one to continually wash and dry the product without diluting the qualities. This performance fabric functions equally as well on a wet horse as a dry horse.
LIFE EXTENSION MAGAZINE
Far Infrared Therapy Capturing the Therapeutic Benefits of Solar Energy
By Stephen Laifer
Millions of Americans endure the daily aches and discomforts of health conditions like arthritis, muscle tension, and sprains and strains, especially in the back, shoulder, and neck.
Over-the-counter pain remedies offer some relief, but carry a high risk of gastrointestinal upset and other side effects.
The Healing Power of Light
The sun doesn’t just provide light for us to see by. That same light becomes energy that living things use to thrive and grow. Humans absorb the sun’s rays through the skin and eyes, and the sun helps stimulate the metabolism.1 Without light, our bodies cannot properly absorb certain nutrients. Suppressed immune function, fatigue, depression, sleep disorders, and other ailments may be other consequences of a lack of sufficient exposure.2-4
Aside from what we can see (visible light), a large portion of the sun’s energy is in the invisible, infrared part of the spectrum. In 1800, English astronomer Sir William Herschel experimented with putting a thermometer at various points in a prismatic spectrum.5 He found that ordinary light transmits some heat, but the effect is even more marked beyond the red end of the spectrum, in the far infrared band.6 Unlike high-frequency ultraviolet rays, which can provoke sunburn or cancerous changes in the skin, far infrared rays do not damage the skin. Far infrared can, therefore, help us derive some of the benefits of sunshine—even when we don’t have regular access to it.
Far infrared and its therapeutic properties have been studied in China and Japan for over 30 years. Researchers have found far infrared can be helpful for enhancing blood circulation, reducing pain, strengthening the cardiovascular system, easing joint stiffness and inflammation, and revitalizing skin cells.7-13
Going way beyond the old heat lamps, there are now products available like infrared saunas, mineral lamps, as well as knee, ankle, and elbow wraps. Many of these products are enhanced with far infrared-emitting elements composed of oxides of zirconium, aluminum, zinc, titanium, and antimony. These products have been undergoing extensive investigation for their ability to retain body heat and emit safe far infrared rays that penetrate deep into joints and surrounding tissues.
Research Confirms Diverse Healing Effects of Far Infrared Light
A growing body of clinical evidence supports the use of far infrared as a non-invasive health-promoting therapy. As far back as 1989, researchers found convincing evidence that when far infrared was applied to local areas or to the entire body, it had a sleep-modulatory effect on patients suffering from insomnia. Additionally, far infrared therapy produced a blood circulation-enhancing effect in human skin. Questionnaires to more than 500 users of far infrared devices revealed that the majority reported an overall improvement in health. The effects appeared to be triggered by far infrared-induced increase in body tissue temperature, as well as enhanced blood circulation in human skin.7
More recent studies in China explored far infrared therapy as a method to improve inadequate blood circulation in patients with vascular access malfunction, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. Study subjects treated with far infrared showed measurable blood flow improvement after a single session. Test results were consistent after one year of therapy.8
A similar study on laboratory rats found that treatment with far infrared could help reduce the prevalence of ischemia (shortage of the blood supply to an organ) and ischemic diseases.14 In cases of trauma, reconstructive surgery, and diabetes, insufficient microcirculation in skin can lead to acute tissue ischemia. The study found that far infrared therapy produced a significant increase in skin microcirculation in the treated animals. The benefits of far infrared extend to the cardiovascular system as well. Repeated far infrared therapy has also been shown to improve impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with atherosclerosis and other coronary risk factors.15,16
A Japanese study tested the effects of far infrared rays on chronic pain. The investigators studied far infrared efficacy in patients suffering from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by sleep disturbances and widespread pain with tenderness in specific areas.17
Thirteen female patients received far infrared therapy once per day for two or five days per week. All of the patients experienced a significant reduction in pain (by about half) after the first session. The effects of treatment became stable after 10 sessions, with participants experiencing up to a 78% reduction in their pain.
Another study backed up these findings, suggesting that an approach of multidisciplinary treatment that included far infrared therapy could be a promising method for treating chronic pain.9
Patients suffering from chronic inflammation have been the subject of a variety of tests utilizing far infrared treatment. A recent study in Taiwan10 found that far infrared radiation exerts a potent anti-inflammatory effect via induction of heme oxygenase-1, an enzyme that confers cellular protection against oxidative stress.18 The possible benefits of far infrared treatment for arthritis, a disorder associated with chronic inflammation, are also the subject of ongoing promising research. A Chinese study found that infrared radiation exerts anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting the release of the inflammatory chemokine interleukin-8. Researchers believe a fuller understanding of the process could serve as the basis for improved treatment of rheumatoid arthritis patients.19
Bringing Home the Benefits of Far Infrared Light
Most people are familiar with the infrared heat lamps used in some bathrooms. Far infrared produces heat by similar means, but is more efficient because it penetrates deeper into the skin. It makes sense to target specific areas of the skin and body in order to promote better absorption of far infrared rays. Now, far infrared heating pads are available to provide convenient access to soothing infrared therapy, offering relief in particular to arthritis sufferers and those who battle with other types of chronic pain.
Far infrared heating pads are dramatically different from the heating pads available at the corner drugstore. Traditional heating pads work from the outside in. When you remove a typical heating pad, the therapeutic value quickly goes away. In contrast, far infrared penetrates through the skin and insulating layer of fat, two to three inches into the body, producing a warming effect from the inside out. Far infrared penetrates quicker and provides a faster response in the body, and its warming benefits continue after use.
Why heat? Far infrared raises the body’s surface temperature. Heat helps increase circulation, which may benefit people who suffer from circulatory issues. Infrared heat increases surface blood flow without increasing blood pressure, by promoting dilation of the blood vessels.
A further benefit of heat is improved flexibility. Older individuals in particular can lose elasticity of muscle fibers and connective tissue due to lack of regular exercise. Warming up the muscle and connective tissue can help it become more pliable, restoring its elasticity.
Living things require sunlight in order to grow and thrive. Far infrared light, the safest segment of energy that comes from the sun, offers a wide array of therapeutic benefits for various health conditions. Studies demonstrate that far infrared helps enhance circulation in the skin, modulate sleep, ease pain, protect against oxidative stress, and relieve inflammation. The benefits of far infrared therapy are enhanced by jade stone, which helps healing heat penetrate deeper while producing soothing negative ions. Heating pads combining far infrared heat with jade stone are now available to provide convenient at-home relief for individuals seeking to increase flexibility, relieve discomfort, boost circulation, and relieve stress and fatigue.
If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension Wellness Specialist at 1-800-226-2370
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Liquid Titanium® Far Infrared Therapy
- Lawrence Schoolmeester, MD, MMM
What are Far Infrared Therapeutic Benefits?
Some of the most intriguing healthcare technologies are those that utilize far infrared light. The research department at Life Extension Magazineacknowledges the diverse healing effects of far infrared light:
"A growing body of clinical evidence supports the use of far infrared as a non-invasive health-promoting therapy."
Maladies that have been shown to improve with the application of far infrared therapies include: chronic pain, arthritis, joint stiffness and inflammation, and insomnia. Far infrared enhances blood circulation in the skin, improves blood flow in internal organs, and supports cardiovascular health. The application of far infrared light has also been correlated with an overall improvement in health.
What Is Far Infrared Light?
You may remember from high school physics class, electromagnetic energy falls along a spectrum of various wavelengths. Some of these wavelengths are visible to the human eye: namely, the colours we see in a rainbow. What we refer to as "visible light" is this range of frequencies that a human can see
but, there are frequencies along this same spectrum that are not visible, and infrared light or infrared energy is one of these.
The name "infrared" is derived from the Latin word “infra”, which means "below." Red is the colour associated with the longest wavelengths—which means the lowest frequency—of visible light. Because infrared light has an even longer wavelength—and lower frequency—than red light, it is designated as "below-red."
Within the range of infrared frequencies, there are three sub-categories: near infrared, mid infrared and far infrared. It's the far infrared rays that have been applied in healthcare technologies.
The Benefits of Sunshine Without The Risks
About 80% of the sun's rays fall within the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. This invisible band of light warms objects—including the human body—without warming the surrounding air. The healing warmth of far infrared energy can penetrate deeply into the body (up to a depth of 3.5 inches), which means its positive effects reach not only the skin but also muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc. that lie beneath the surface.
Unlike high-frequency ultraviolet rays—which can cause sunburn or contribute to cancerous growth on the skin—the low-frequency far infrared rays do not damage the skin. So devices that emit far infrared light can provide many of the benefits of sunshine, without the risks that accompany exposure to UV radiation.
The History of Far Infrared Technology
Sir William Herschel discovered infrared light in the early 19th century. His discovery was the by-product of a scientific experiment designed to measure the temperatures of the various colours of the visible light spectrum. Herschel discovered that temperatures increased from the violet to the red part of the spectrum. On a hunch, he measured the temperature just beyond the red portion of the spectrum and discovered that this area had the highest temperature of all. This led Herschel to hypothesize the existence of an invisible frequency of light beyond red light—which led eventually to the discovery of infrared light.
The application of infrared light to heat and heal the human body—through technologies designed specifically for this purpose—began in the early 20th century in Germany. Since the mid 20th century, these technologies have been developed also in China and Japan. In 1965, a Japanese physician (Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa) was granted a patent for a zirconia ceramic infrared heater, which was used for infrared thermal healing. For the first fourteen years after their development, these devices were available only to medical practitioners—until their release for public use in 1979.
Since the early 1980's, the United States along with many European countries have continued to explore and refine infrared therapies. One common application of infrared technology in U.S. hospitals is the infrared heating elements in neonatal beds, which are used to keep newborn babies warm.
Infrared Energy Emitted by The Human Body
The human body also emits infrared energy—particularly from our palms. You can actually feel the heat of the infrared energy by holding your palms very close to one another, without them actually touching. And for thousands of years—in China, Japan, and other Asian countries—the healing properties of the infrared energy produced by the body and emitted from the hands has been acknowledged via the practice of palm healing.
Are There Risks Or Side Effects To Far Infrared Rays?
So far, there have been no significant side effects observed with the use of far infrared energy in healthcare technologies. It's generally safe and effective. That said, if you're pregnant or suffering from a severe injury or illness, it's always best to consult with a knowledgeable trainer or healthcare provider before incorporating a far infrared therapy.