Far-Infrared Heat Benefits
One of the primary uses for far-infrared heat therapy is to help reduce suffering from chronic pain and injury. Far-infrared heat gets deep into the body’s soft tissue, making it a great source of relief from arthritis pain to backaches. Far-infrared heat also helps to improve the mobility of the joint or muscle in question. Whether you are dealing with muscle soreness from swelling, this therapy can be used to help you improve your condition. Everyone from the elderly to athletes can benefit from this method of loosening sore muscles and stiff joints, without the use of ointments or creams.
Far-infrared heat therapy works to improve the body’s natural healing process; helping to relieve pain by expanding blood vessels and increasing circulation, without increasing blood pressure. This improved circulation allows more oxygen to reach tissues and nerves, helping to reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
This deep penetrating heat gently causes an artificial “fever” without actually being sick. As a result, blood circulation is improved to the treated area bringing more healing oxygen to joints and extremities and speeding healing of injuries. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease & Parkinson’s Disease can enjoy an easy to use form of pain relief.
Relieve overworked Muscles, Stiffness, Cramps and Muscle Pains: Far Infrared Saunas use Far Infrared energy wavelengths which penetrate anywhere from 1-2 inches deep into the human body. Far Infrared heat penetrates deep enough to affect the muscles which often become stiff due to everyday activities and stress. Heat relaxes the muscles and allows them to loosen up and regain their elasticity.
Infrared heat also makes muscles more flexible and gives them a larger range of motion, in addition to providing relief from cramps and joint pain.
Furthermore, Infrared heat helps stimulate blood circulation, leading to increased heart rate, dilated blood vessels and overall more movement of blood to different body parts including muscles. Infrared heat also helps break down our body‘s lactic acid deposits. Lactic acid forms deposits in muscles, leading to muscle cramps, muscle tightening & fatigue in the body. Infrared technology has been shown to work well on muscle pain throughout the back as well as muscle pain caused by arthritis & other joint problems. Daily use of a Far Infrared Sauna will help to totally relax muscles leading to better, undisturbed sleep without anxieties and pain.
• It produces pain relief
• Pain may be relieved via the reduction of attendant or secondary muscle spasms.
• Pain is also at times related to ischemia (inadequate blood supply) due to tension or spasm which can be improved by the hyperemia (excess of blood in vessels) that heat-induced vasodilation produces, thus breaking the feedback loop, in which the ischemia leads to further spasm and then more pain.
• Heat has been shown to reduce pain sensation by direct action on both free-nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves. In one dental study, repeated heat applications led finally to abolishment of the whole nerve response responsible for pain arising from dental pulp.
• Heat may both lead to increased endorphin production and a shutting down of the so-called “spinal gate” of Melzack and Wall, each of which can reduce pain.
NATURAL PAIN RELIEF: Far infrared sauna heat is a very effective natural pain relief therapy in the battle against muscle and joint complaints. Far infrared heat relieves pain by expanding blood vessels and increasing circulation.
Better circulation allows more oxygen to reach injured areas of the body and helps reduce pain and speed up the healing process. This natural pain relief approach can result in significant pain reduction and minimizing or discontinuing the use of medication all together.
~ A study in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics tested 46 patients with chronic pain using a variety of treatment modalities with and without far-infrared sauna. They found a decrease in pain score, pain behavior, self-rating depression and anger score in both groups of patients, but a more significant drop was noted in the sauna group.
Two years after treatment, more of the patients in the sauna group had returned to work than those without sauna treatment. This may be a very promising method for the treatment of chronic pain.
Masuda, A, et al. The effects of repeated thermal therapy for patients with chronic pain. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2005; 74 (5): 288-94.