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History of Diathermy Heat


The term Diathermy is derived from the Greek words Therma, meaning heat, and Dia, meaning through.

Diathermy literally means heating through.

The therapeutic effects of heat have long been recognised when, more than 2,000 years ago, the Romans took advantage of heat therapies by building hot-spring bathhouses.

Since then, various methods of using heat have evolved.

In the early 1890s, French physiologist Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval began studying the medical application of high-frequency currents. German physician Carl Franz Nagelschmidt, who designed a prototype apparatus in 1906, coined the term Diathermy.

Around 1925, United States doctor J. W. Schereschewsky began studying the physiological effects of high-frequency electrical currents on animals.

It was several years, however, before the fundamentals of the therapy were understood and put into practice.


How Do the Diathermy Heat Body Wraps Machines work?

Diathermy high frequency electrical currents machines use high frequency electromagnetic currents, which cause molecules deep in the tissue to vibrate, heating the tissue and rapidly raising the sub dermal temperature to around 40C in the area to which it is being applied.

Thermal radiation activates and improves the blood circulatory system on account of the dilation of blood vessels.

The absorbed heat is physiologically distributed throughout the body via the circulatory system and the client experiences a sense of well-being and relaxation.

Diathermy high frequency electrical currents machines are also used to heat deep muscular tissues.

The heat increases blood flow, speeding up recovery.

The increased metabolism and circulation accelerates tissue repair.

Deep tissue heat relieves muscle spasm and strained muscles, stiff and painful joints such as arthritis.

Diathermy high frequency electrical currents machines are also successfully used as an additional service for muscle relaxation before/after a massage session or to infuse muscle relaxation and cellulite/firming products.

Diathermy high frequency electrical currents machines are able to break down the fat droplets (also known as Cellulite) so that the Liposome's can dispose of these fats as waste via the Lymphatic system and through the skin by perspiration, therefore targeting Cellulite breakdown and Lymphatic drainage.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is essentially the result of fat cells, trapped toxins and water in the uppermost layers of the skin.

Research suggests that cellulite is related to the female hormone Oestrogen, which is why women suffer from it.

While a sensible diet and exercise is beneficial and can help maintain a healthy weight, no amount of exercise will get rid of cellulite.

All muscles in the body are covered with a padding of fatty, connective tissue, which varies in thickness, and is surrounded by a liquid, supplying nourishment and removing waste products. 

This fatty tissue is held in place by a network of fibers, and when the system works well, all waste products are removed, resulting in smooth body curves.

When the waste removal system starts to fail, waste products start building up, and the connective tissue becomes saturated with liquid, which becomes sluggish and is often inflamed and swollen.

Growing Adipocytes (fat cells) destroys the network made by elastin and collagen fibers, which then thickens and hardens, forming hard pockets that puff up to produce the "orange peel" effect, sometimes pressing on nerve endings - making cellulite painful under pressure. 

Cellulite can often form in postnatal women and those who take birth control pills because the body's waste removal system can't get rid of the enormous flow of estrogen in the body. 

Cellulite can also develop after an injury, where the circulatory system has been disturbed. 

A sedentary lifestyle leads to hardening of the connective tissue, causing a dimpling of the skin.

To get rid of cellulite, you need to treat it consistently and break down the cellulite, detoxifying the body and changing your lifestyle to prevent a future build-up. 

The main ingredient to fighting cellulite is to get rid of the toxins, and make sure that no further toxins build up in your system and wastes are being eliminated efficiently.

**Feel free to check our menu for the 'Cellulite Attack' treatment

Cellulite Contributing Factors

Insufficient water intake
Water helps the waste system operate, flushing toxins from your body.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day!

Poor eating habits contribute to the formation of cellulite because the toxins they produce get trapped in the fatty tissue, preventing sufficient waste and toxin elimination.

Foods containing toxins, for example fried food, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, salt are all cellulite's friend!

Lack of exercise
A sedentary lifestyle and too much stress contributes to the formation of cellulite.
Exercise improves muscle tone, circulation and overall well-being, helping to break blocked tissue and purify the body

Not only bad for the skin and lungs, but it also weakens the skin by causing constriction of capillaries.

It further damages the connective tissue that causes the dimpling effect of cellulite.

They can interfere with the body's natural processes, disturbing the purification system that is naturally in place.

Diet pills, sleeping pills and diuretics can all lead to cellulite; also oral contraceptives, which increase the body's Oestrogen can cause fat cells to enlarge, leading to water retention.

Retaining water inhibits the body from flushing the system of toxins, leading to the formation of cellulite!

Hormonal changes in Oestrogen and Progesterone levels, which dictate how much fat your body stores or releases affects cellulite.

Pregnancy or oral contraceptives can add to this.

As the tone and condition of the skin declines with age, its ability to aid in the nutrition process for underlying tissues also declines.



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