My kid sister has a bad back. For years she has suffered with on and off again pain. Even her job aggravates her discomfort as it requires her to lift and transport heavy bundles of clothing. She has tried many ways to alleviate this pain with massage, ascu-pressure and chiropractic, but has had no success. That is until I convinced her to try consistent use of my Far Infrared sauna. At first she was a total disbeliever. However, eventually she came around. Just last week she mentioned how good her back was feeling. She was actually feeling relief from years of pain!
I have determined one of the best reasons to purchase and implement the use of a Far Infrared sauna is how it provides effective and thorough pain relief. Infrared heat is not complicated. It works by simply penetrating into your joints, muscles, tissues and organs. Far Infrared therapy augments circulation by increasing the flow of oxygen. It is invisible to the human eye, penetrating deep into the body and it’s joints, muscles and tissues, producing a deep and effective sweat. It is the safest form of heat, naturally occurring in sunlight, and is even used in hospital incubators to warm newborn babies. This therapy has been around for decades and Far Infrared is still highly recommended due to it’s proven relief from many ailments especially targeted and specific pain.
I have spoken with many people over the years who all agree on one thing – consistent use of a Far Infrared sauna greatly increases a full spectrum of pain relief. As the infrared heat gently penetrates your body the healing warmth infiltrates your skin, tissues, muscles, joints and organs. I have done some research on this subject with positive results. In a 2006 double-blind, placebo controlled study published, in the Journal of Pain Research and Management, it was determined that Far Infrared sauna therapy reduced chronic back pain by 50% over a period of seven weeks. There were no side effects and patients were asked to rate their pain before and after the infrared. Overall everyone’s pain levels had decreased by half. As the therapy progressed the pain relief was even greater suggesting continuing infrared therapy would only improve pain control the more it is used.
There are a couple of other studies I read that support even further proof of pain reduction. The first, from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found in 1992, 85% of people from 75-79 who used Far Infrared therapy were able to be medication free, due to pain relief, for between two to twelve months. Also, this study sites information on degenerative osteoarthritis (DOA) of the knee after infrared therapy. The results were promising as DOA is the most common form of arthritis. The next study from 2002, from the Spine Journal, found that Far Infrared heat was more effective than medication. Pain relief was greater in the Far Infrared heat group commencing on the first day. Typically the effects of this infrared lasted for more than 48 hours.
One of the mechanisms found most effective, when utilizing Far Infrared sauna heat is pain reduction on many levels. This occurs due to an increase in endorphin release and the reduction in stress and it’s many responses. B-endorphin levels are raised and plasma ACTH levels were reduced due to the infrared heat. The bonus is these endorphins also effect mood even as they reduce symptoms resulting from an over-stressed body. Far Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating tissues, joints and muscles thereby increasing efficient blood flow allowing for better circulation. By reducing pain on the nerve endings, wherever that occurs, the Far Infrared heat from a sauna will reduce pain and muscle spasms allowing your body to relax and heal naturally. Far Infrared therapy is extremely effective for all types of pain especially back pain. If you give Far Infrared sauna therapy a try I truly believe your disbelief will change to much needed relief!