Infrared rays are invisible waves of energy that penetrate deep into the inner tissues, muscles and bones of the body, reports the Online Global Healing Center. The energy from these waves slightly elevates the surface temperature of your body. Infrared heat can also help you if you have a muscular injury. Increasing blood flow to you injured muscle helps increase healing. Physical therapist Tricia Trinque explains that in addition to heating deeper into your muscles, infrared heat also releases nitric oxide. Nitric oxide improves circulation and increases the oxygen and other nutrients coming to help heal the injured area. To treat a specific injury, such as a strained hamstring, with infrared heat a physical therapist would use an infrared light therapy device.