Infrared Saunas and Pain Relief [Definitive 2021 Guide]

Find relief in infrared sauna therapy

Written by Christopher Kiggins

Infrared Saunas and Pain Relief Infrared Saunas and Pain Relief

Infrared therapy utilizes light to create heat; whereas, traditional saunas use heat to warm the air, which in turn warms the body. The benefit of infrared heat is that the body is heated directly without warming the surrounding air. 

This heat is far more comfortable than steamed heat as it is not required to be as hot. (Have you taken a steam sauna recently? It’s hard to stay in there for longer than 10 minutes, maximum). Thus, you can remain inside an infrared sauna longer gaining all the benefits from the warm and gentle infrared heat.

Because infrared is light, instead of hot air, that light actually travels inside your body and is either absorbed by your body’s water molecules or your soft tissue. When this happens, your muscles become looser, your joints, shoulders, hips and knees become more fluid and moving feels much easier. This is because your joints are surrounded by many minuscule muscles that when heated, loosen up greatly. This makes ease of movement much easier.

The pain relief that comes from this gentle heat can be felt for so many conditions; however, the main pain reduction occurs due to this comfortable infrared heat penetrating joints, muscles, tissues and nerve endings, while also producing additional white blood cells alleviating inflammation. 

Inflammation has currently been identified as the leading cause of most ailments and health conditions. Infrared sauna use increases blood flow, bringing healthy, oxygenated blood to whatever area is in need while relaxing your body to get you out of pain.

Infrared heat produces vigorous perspiration which in turn accelerates heart rate as when involved in moderate exercise. There is serious evidence, cited by many studies, that validate these results in terms of successfully treating various painful health conditions such as muscle strains, joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis.

• From USC, Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, a sports medicine expert, “Infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal.”

• From NASA, Dr. Harry Whelan determined that infrared heat allows for deep penetration of muscle and tissue, increasing cell growth from the inside, allowing the body to reduce pain and heal more quickly.

• From Japan, published in the Internal Medicine Journal, it was discovered that after even only one FIR session, chronic pain sufferers experienced significant reductions in pain, by up to 70 percent. These pain level scores decreased even further and remained low throughout the entire observation period. The conclusion was FIR is effective for chronic pain treatment.

If you are a sufferer of joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic inflammation, or you are just an athlete in need of faster recovery, using an infrared sauna will at the very least help you ease your pain.

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I am glad infrared saunas have developed the way they have, because I couldn’t imagine my life without the benefits they provide, like deep sleep, lower blood pressure, less joint pain, weight loss, and a boosted immune system. Here at SaunaCloud I sell saunas that are some of the best history has offered. My far infrared saunas use advanced ceramic-carbon combination heaters for an amazing sauna experience. For more information on how SaunaCloud’s infrared saunas work and how they can improve your health, download my book The Definitive Guide to Infrared Saunas. Just give us a call at SaunaCloud 1.800.370.0820.

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Christopher Kiggins | Sauna Enthusiast

Christopher Kiggins | Sauna Enthusiast

I have been writing, learning, educating and generally pointing people in the right direction infrared sauna wise since 2012. Let me know how I can help: - (530) 417-1220