Far Infrared Ray Heat Therapy – Does it work?

The simple answer is yes.  The long answer is still yes, but the FIR heat therapy wrap(s) should be used on a regular basis.

A little background on Far Infrared Ray (FIR):  it is essentially waves of energy that cannot be seen by the naked eye but can penetrate deeply into the body.  Once the rays penetrate the skin, they naturally raise the body’s temperature to about 107.6ºF which benefits the following:

  • Expands your capillaries which increases blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation
  • Boosts metabolism and promotes detox – eliminates fats, toxins, etc., from the blood
  • Stimulates enzyme activity
  • Improves the rebuilding of injured tissue
  • Promotes the relief of nerves
  • Increases white blood cell to support your immune system

As a new employee at Venture Heat, I was unaware of what Far Infrared Rays were or how they could benefit me, but I would soon find out.FIR Heat Therapy Knee Wrap

I have had on-and-off again knee issues from high school through adulthood, mainly due to sports and wear-and-tear over the years.  Growing up, hockey and lacrosse overlapped so it  was year-round training, practicing, and playing.  That has tapered off in adulthood, but that doesn’t mean the knee discomfort did.  Although I still play hockey and work out on a regular basis, my knee limited me to certain exercises – until I was given the Knee Heat Therapy Wrap as a welcome gift from Venture Heat.  Let’s just say I wish I had this FIR heat wrap when I was younger!  I started using the heated knee wrap after every hockey game and whenever I felt discomfort – so about 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes.  After a month of consistently using it, the discomfort started to go away and is now almost unnoticeable.  We are not claiming this is a miracle worker, but FIR heat therapy can improve your quality of life – it has for me!

The Correct Way to Maintain Batteries

7.4V Battery

Battery Connection for Lithium-Ion Battery

One of the most common questions we hear is how to properly care for the batteries supplied with our clothing. So here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your Lithium-Ion Batteries: our clothing. So here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your Lithium-Ion Batteries:

  • The Lithium-Ion Battery should be fully charged for the first use
  • Once turned on, keep the battery in its designated pocket for protection and warmth
  • In below freezing temperatures, turn on your battery before going outside
    • The battery stops discharging power at -20F and since the battery will already be running, thus it will naturally keep warm
  • Charge the battery at least once every three months
  • Keep the battery fully charged when not in use
  • Store batteries at room temperature, in a cool, dry place

All batteries eventually wear out over time which is why it is important to get the most out of each one. Lithium-Ion batteries typically decrease capacity by around 10% each year while having a good service life of 2-3 years. VentureHeat’s Lithium Ion Batteries typically last up to 500 charges so even though they last a long time, the more TLC you give the battery, the longer life they can have. If you have any tips, please share them with us in the comment section! To learn more about extending the life of the battery here: http://www.ventureheat.com/blog/2012/12/05/extend-the-life-of-lithium-ion-batteries/

How JFK Ran The Country In Severe Back Pain

Eight Different Medications Just To Get Through The Day…

So let’s just imagine you’re the President of the United States and every morning you make a trip to your doctor’s office.  You have brutally severe back pain.  The doctor gives you eight, yes, eight different medications ranging from pain killers to antispasmodics and even antidepressants.

Everyday starts off this way because otherwise, it’s going to be incredibly painful and impossible to function normally.  Top that off by dealing with politicians, ruthless despots and problems at home.  Such was the life of John F. Kennedy and how he dealt with severe back pain before and during his presidency.  Now the causes of his back pain were widely debated.  Theories ranged from football and war injuries to steroid injections taken as a child for digestive problems.

Just to give you an idea how secretive his back pain was, JFK’s medical records weren’t released until around 2002…a full 39 years after his passing.  You probably had a better chance breaking into the CIA offices than you did learning about his medical problems.  The same was true for Franklin Roosevelt, even photo opportunities were carefully scripted to cover up illnesses and ailments.

The types of treatments JFK had to endure were as intense as the pain in his back.    One story relates to his first year as president in 1961.  Kennedy could be heard screaming in pain when Jacqueline Kennedy rushed in from another room to call for the White House doctor Dr. Janet Travell.  All the good doctor could do was numb his pain with an injection of procaine deep into the back muscles.

But this only worked as a temporary measure.

Treating back pain today isn’t all much different.  In fairness, treatment depends on the type of back problems you’re having but here’s a list of treatments by WebMD.  So what do you do when you’re in severe back pain and trying to still go to work?  The easy answer is to see a doctor, get plenty of rest and stay away from the office.  But let’s be honest, most of us just don’t have that luxury.

JFK had to tough it out.  He had a country to run and domestic and international problems that weren’t going to wait for his pain to go away.  Imagine Fidel Castro or Nikita Khrushchev saying, “hey wait the President of the United States has back pain.  Let’s wait to threaten the western hemisphere with nuclear weapons!”

So what’s your method for dealing with muscle pain at work?  Leave some comments below and let us know!

Portable Back Heat Wrap:  Check it Out!


NY Times, “In J.F.K. File, Hidden Illness, Pain and Pills”


Practical Pain Management – “JFK Pain Story”


The WORST Way To Deal With Muscle Cramps

What You Don’t Know Actually Does Hurt You

OK, so there we were…match point in our ever important Sunday afternoon round robin tennis match. Just one more point and we win…free drinks at the Dave & Busters.  Victory would be sweet while sipping my adult beverage and playing Skeeball with my wife.

And then it happened…

Diana my wife’s normal playing partner leaves a ball short, I come charging in to get it and plant my right foot like I’m Rafael Nadal at the French Open.  As I’m about to pop the ball back over I fell on the ground in the fetal position writhing in pain.  My entire lower part of my leg was twisting itself in knots.  Immediately two things came rushing into my head in this exact order:

  1. Wait…no Dave & Busters?
  2. How do I make this pain stop?

Unfortunately the agony of defeat required more attention than sharpening my game playing skills.  So I propped myself up and began limping towards the bench and began wondering what happened. One of the members of the round robin is a doctor and tells me:  “Sean, you have serious muscle cramps of the five star caliber…”

Now if you’re like me, muscle cramps are the worst thing ever.  You may be in the middle of the night having the greatest night of sleep ever and BOOM!  You feel like someone just threw your legs in a blender.  First the jumping out of bed, then the hobbling around and once it goes away.  The nightmare isn’t over because now you’re waiting for it to come back again.

 Avoiding The Worst Way To Deal With Muscle Cramps

First thing the doc asked me about while I was on the bench was if I got muscle cramps quite often.  Which I do.  Here’s what he said:

The worst way to deal with muscle cramps or pain is not using any preventative measures.  You need to get plenty of fluids, avoid over exertion and get more potassium in your system.”

And it’s true.  Most of the injuries we incur actually are preventable.  But I pressed on and asked him, OK so how do I deal with them now.  Amazingly enough there’s one other cause of muscle cramping which is poor circulation according WebMD’s Pain and Management Center (link attached).  Now there’s two questions we have to answer:  a) how do we try to prevent muscle cramps?  and b) how do we deal with them once they happen?

To answer A, what you need to focus on is this:

Now for B, you still need to replace lost fluids, sodium and potassium but there’s also another interesting thing you need to keep an eye on.  After reading 11 articles about muscle cramps (yes I’m a nerd) you also need to watch out for poor blood circulation to your legs.  One of the easiest ways to get the blood flowing again in  your muscles is by providing them with heat.  Heat will stimulate the flow of blood and provides the benefit of speeding up the time it takes you to heal.

One suggestion we can make to help your muscles heal if they’re cramping is the At-Home Heat Therapy Wrap.  Take a look by clicking here.