A parallel-arm randomized controlled trial to assess the effects of a far-infrared-emitting collar on neck disorder

Yung Sheng Lin, Kuo Sheng Hung, Ben Yi Liau, Chih Hui Yang, Aiga Yang, Keng Shiang Huang

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The purpose of this study is to assess the beneficial effects of a far-infrared-emitting collar (FIRC) on the management of neck disorders. A neck disorder is generalized as neck muscle pain and its relative mental disorders because the etiologies of the neck's multidimensional syndrome are either muscle impairment or psychiatric distress. This is the first study to determine the efficacy of a FIRC by evaluating objective physical evidence and psychometric self-reports using a parallel-arm randomized sham-controlled and single-blinded design. In this trial, 60 participants with neck disorders were observed at baseline and post-intervention. Compared to the placebo group after a 30-min intervention, the FIRC demonstrated a statistically significant biological effect in elevating skin temperature and promoting blood circulation with p-values 0.003 and 0.020, respectively. In addition, FIRC application significantly reduced neck muscle tension, relieved pain, ameliorated fatigue, improved depression, and decreased anxiety. The FIRC could therefore be a potential treatment for neck disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5862-5876
Number of pages15
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Collar
  • Far-infrared ray
  • Neck
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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