08/16/2007

von Ardenne Institut für Angewandte Medizinische Forschung GmbH

The Effectiveness of Mild Water-filtered Near Infrared Whole-body Hyperthermia

A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Mild Water-filtered Near Infrared Whole-body Hyperthermia as an adjunct to a Standard Multimodal Rehabilitation in the treatment of Fibromyalgia - this study with 139 Patients is the worldwide first Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of mild infrared whole-body hyperthermia in Fibromyalgia and the first published RCT testing mild infrared whole-body hyperthermia in a musculoskeletal condition at all.

The application of whole-body hyperthermia with water-filtered infrared-A heat radiation plus a multimodal rehabilitation is superior to multimodal rehabilitation alone both in primary and secondary analyses. The effects are not only statistically high significant but effect sizes also suggest clinical relevance.

Already 3 month after the end of a conventional multimodal standard rehabilitation (MR) the pain intensity reaches again the level of the time before starting the MR. On the other hand the pain intensity of the patients is still 6 month after the end of rehabilitation by 20% lower as on beginning of the rehabilitation, by application of only 6 additional IRATHERM sessions (NI-WBH)!

It is evident that with the deep heat, increasing of microcirculation and activation of metabolism, realized with IRATHERM 1000, a considerable better regeneration of the body is possible than with the standard elements of a multimodal rehabilitation.

CLINICAL JOURNAL OF PAIN 2007, Vol. 23, No 1: 67-75