Does Infrared Sauna Help With Inflammation?

It's time to find out!

Below we have covered all the key points to living, dealing and understanding arthritis, fibromyalgia and inflammation. Scroll down or click to learn more about:

  • What is inflammation and why do so many people have it?
  • Short term and long term Remedies for inflammation
  • Infrared Saunas and inflammation
  • Three sauna sessions we have designed for arthritis, fibromyalgia and inflammation

bad-back.jpgTired of waking up sore?

Having trouble opening your hands and gripping objects tightly?

Experiencing constant pain in the joints?

Chances are you have some sort of chronic inflammation. Diseases related to inflammation of the body such as arthritis and fibromyalgia are a plague running through Australia. You are not alone. In May 2016, Arthritis Australia reported that 3.9 million Australian’s were currently diagnosed with Arthritis. This report did not cover Fibromyalgia or any other inflammatory diseases...Inflammation is among us.

dehydrating-food.jpgSo, what is inflammation and why do so many people have it?

Most people palm off their body’s early warning signs of ill health and chronic diseases as ‘old age’ . We are lead to believe that as you get old, your body begins to break down. In fact, what we associate as ‘old age’ is actually warning signs from the body as it tries to tell us ‘hey, things are going wrong down here, help!’. 

Arthritis, fibromyalgia and inflammation are all the result of years of various lifestyle choices we all make, unaware of the potential consequences that may arise as we age.

It is our lifestyle and life choices that are leading us to ‘feeling old’ at 50, not time. 

Now we're not suggesting that you go and throw out all of your wine, stop socialising with all your friends and meditate in silence for the next month - we still need to enjoy ourselves -, just keep inflammation this in mind next time you are considering a food or lifestyle choice that may lead to inflammation. 

If you are living a lifestyle that leads to unhealthy cells, it is may only a matter of time before you start to experience symptoms of arthritis or fibromyalgia. The reason we don’t have these issues when we are young is there aren’t enough damaged cells to register.

Is your body showing early signs of arthritis of fibromyalgia or chronic inflammation?

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Chronic pain is the number one issue our customers are experiencing prior to using an infrared sauna. If their pain is not caused from a previous physical accident then their chronic pain is from inflammation of the body; diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and polymyalgia. Below, we dive into why it is that infrared saunas help with inflammation.

If you would like to learn more about the potential causes of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, click here.

Our clients have suggested asking yourself the following questions

  1. Do you wake up with sore muscles or joints in the morning?

  2. Is bending down to pickup the paper in the driveway getting difficult?

  3. Is it hard to make a strong fist in your hand?

  4. Do you feel like it takes a while to get the body working in the morning?

  5. Do you toss and turn throughout the night from discomfort?

  6. Do your stiff and sore joints hurt more in the winter?

If so, you may be showing early signs on Arthritis, Fibromyalgia or chronic inflammation. To read more on what inflammation is, click here.

6 Natural Remedies for Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and other diseases related to inflammation.

As we learn that more pain killers aren’t the answer and the GP doesn’t have many answers up his sleeve, what options do we have to cope with arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic pain? Well as always with health, if we bring it back to simplicity, we find there are in fact many natural remedies we can try that may provide short term relief. There are also some more foundational changes we can make to our health that may also result in relief and in some cases possible condition reversal.

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Short Term

Hot bath

The benefits to a hot bath are lengthy, and simply put, hot baths are underrated. Do not underestimate the power of a well setup bath! Click here to learn how to set up your next bath.

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Gentle Massage

Massage is a great way to open up blocked channels in the body, increasing both the blood flow to poorly circulated areas as well as increasing the energy flow in the body. Even just a 15 minute massage targeted a more painful area can provide some short term relief. With many Chinese massage shops open in most shopping centers now offering affordable, quick Chinese massage, go and give it a try.
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Infrared sauna – Hot to Cold Treatment 

The Finish have used hot to cold treatment for centuries. More and more studies are now being released, showing the benefits of hot to cold treatment for arthritis, firbomyalgia and chronic pain sufferers. 


Infrared Saunas are one of the few ways those who cannot exercise anymore can improve their circulation and feel deep relief from their ailments. The infrared heat penetrates deeply, moving oxygen rich blood around the body and into the joints, providing deep, relaxing pain relief.
Learn more about arthritis and infrared saunas by scrolling down. 

By then moving from a hot sauna to a ice bath (or cold shower for the not so adventurous type) can literally push inflammation out of the system, reducing the number of inflammation markers in the body.

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Long Term

Hot bath

The benefits to a hot bath are lengthy, and simply put, hot baths are underrated. Do not underestimate the power of a well setup bath! Click here to learn how to set up your next bath.

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Gentle Massage

Massage is a great way to open up blocked channels in the body, increasing both the blood flow to poorly circulated areas as well as increasing the energy flow in the body. Even just a 15 minute massage targeted a more painful area can provide some short term relief. With many Chinese massage shops open in most shopping centers now offering affordable, quick Chinese massage, go and give it a try.
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Infrared sauna – Hot to Cold Treatment 

The Finish have used hot to cold treatment for centuries. More and more studies are now being released, showing the benefits of hot to cold treatment for arthritis, firbomyalgia and chronic pain sufferers. 


Infrared Saunas are one of the few ways those who cannot exercise anymore can improve their circulation and feel deep relief from their ailments. The infrared heat penetrates deeply, moving oxygen rich blood around the body and into the joints, providing deep, relaxing pain relief.
Learn more about arthritis and infrared saunas by scrolling down. 

By then moving from a hot sauna to a ice bath (or cold shower for the not so adventurous type) can literally push inflammation out of the system, reducing the number of inflammation markers in the body.

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 Infrared Saunas and Inflammation 

Infrared saunas work by heating the body deeply. The heaters emit a specific wavelength of far infrared heat, which heats 4 – 5cm into the skin. Our body then says ‘hey, it’s getting hot!’ and starts to turn on the body’s heat response system.  

What does that mean?

Firstly, our circulation will increase. As we begin to breathe deeper due to the increased heat, the increased circulation will move oxygen rich blood into the joints, muscles and extremities. 

Have you ever noticed after a walk, your chronic pain isn’t as bad or noticeable as it was prior to moving the body? Well, this is because the light exercise increased blood flow and oxygen into the extremities and the joints.

The infrared sauna amplifies this exact process, maximising the pain relief the user may feel. 

As the circulation continues to increase, the body will then begin to sweat (if correctly hydrated of course). At this stage, you will notice you are breathing more deeply, as if you were partaking in a brisk walk. The bodies exercise and heat response system is in full swing now, and you are making the most from the amount of oxygen and blood your body is moving around. This essentially becomes a cardiovascular workout leading to chronic pain relief.

It is this process over a period of 30 – 45 minutes that provides the user that ‘loose’ and ‘relaxed’ feeling during and afterward. The pain at this stage feels less sever, more manageable and overall, better!  This is one of the most effective ways to reduce arthritis pain.

Arthritis is the number one health issue our clients come to us for help with. And we want to help you too. Click below to schedule a free trial and find out how an iHealth Sauna can help you.

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Top 3 Sauna Sessions for Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Inflammation

For our clients suffering form Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, they often ask "how to reduce inflammation", we recommend changing a few settings in the sauna to help. After all, wouldn't you want to do as much as possible to try and help relieve the pain? 

Below are three sessions you should try if you have arthritis, fibromyalgia or any health issues related to inflammation.

Ultimate Detox

The Ultimate Detox is the main session we recommend for all first time sauna users. Set your sauna up like this:

  • 45 - 55 degrees
  • 30 - 45 minutes
  • Drinking 1.5 - 2L over the entire session (before, during and after)
  • Set some relaxing music
  • Set the colour therapy to you colour of choice

This session puts your boy in the optimum window of heat, heating the body enough to create a deep sweat whilst not heating the body too much to the point of over working the circulatory and cardiovascular system. 

Inflammation killer

  • Set sauna 5 degrees hotter than your normal session
  • Set the time for half the length of your normal session.
  • Drink 2L of water
  • Hop straight out of the sauna into a cold shower for 1 minute
  • SCREAM!
  • Hot to cold treatment has been used for centuries, especially in the birthplace of saunas, Finland and Sweden. Hot to Cold treatment acts as a healthy shock to the system, and helps in greatly reducing the inflammation in the body. This is why pro athletes now hop into cold baths after they play sport.
  • WARNING: This session does work the body, and therefore if you are experience light headiness during the session, please exit the sauna immediately, lie down and drink some water. If you have existing heart related health concerns, just run the sauna at normal temperature and then enjoy the cold shower. 

Morning warm up

  • Preset your sauna to turn on 30 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning using the Auto function.
  • Set sauna to between 40 - 45 degrees.
  • Hop straight out of bed into the sauna for 15 - 20 minutes
  • Just before you begin to sweat, hop out and enjoy the deep warmth without committing to a full sweat session
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