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.