This is part 4 of an 8 part series about the incredible health benefits of full spectrum infrared saunas. This article has been contributed by Sunlighten Infrared Saunas (you may have seen them on The Oprah Winfrey Show)
Do you suffer from chronic pain, arthritis, back pain or stiff joints? Did you know that you can try an alternative treatment like infrared heat therapy to help ease or even reverse the pain? One of the primary uses for infrared heat therapy is to help reduce suffering from chronic pain and injury.
How? Infrared heat gets deep into the body’s soft tissue, making it a great source of relief from arthritis pain to backaches. The heat from the saunas 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.
How does infrared heat help ease pain?
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 and Parkinson’s Disease can enjoy an easy to use form of pain relief.
The full spectrum infrared sauna uses near, mid and far infrared energy wavelengths which penetrate anywhere from 1-2 inches deep into the human body. This type of heat penetrates deep enough to affect the muscles, which often become stiff due to everyday activities and stress.
The heat relaxes the muscles and allows them to loosen up and regain their elasticity. Not only that, infrared heat also makes muscles more flexible and gives them a larger range of motion, which provides relief from cramps and joint pain.
Relieve overworked Muscles, Stiffness, Cramps and Muscle Pains:
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 breaks down our body‘s lactic acid deposits. Lactic acid forms deposits in muscles, leading to muscle cramps, muscle tightening & fatigue in the body.
Infrared sauna technology has been shown to work well on muscle pain throughout the back as well as muscle pain caused by arthritis and other joint problems. Daily use of an infrared sauna will help to totally relax muscles leading to better, and help provide undisturbed sleep without anxieties or pain.
source: http://goodhealthsaunas.com/painrelief.html, http://www.sunlighten.com/pain_heat.html