Far infrared therapy is an extremely safe type of whole body warmth therapy and a very safe way to relax and wind down. The far infrared light itself has been in use in the medical industry for decades and more recently, it is being applied in public buildings as an alternative to traditional heating systems.
The heat is gentle and therefor does not put a big burden on the human body. But as with everything, common sense is necessary. Below we have listed a few contraindications. Situations where it is not wise to use an infrared sauna or where it is needed to seek professional medical advice.
The general golden rule should always be: Whenever you are in doubt or not sure, discuss with your doctor first.
Acute trauma of joints and muscles: If you have recently injured a joint or muscle (e.g. Sprained ankle) in general, the injured area will have to be treated with cold first and should not be heated during the first 48 hours.
Certain Illnesses: If you suffer from an illness that may not respond well to an increase of the core body temperature – maybe adrenal suppression or multiple sclerosis – do not use the infrared sauna without medical advice. If you are not sure about the effects of raising your core body temperature on your condition, discuss it with your doctor first.
Sauna session duration: it is recommended to start with 20 minute sessions 2 to 3 times a week and increase frequency and duration gradually after a couple of weeks. A far infrared sauna session will last 20 to 30 minutes with a maximum of 45 minutes. It is not advised to have sessions longer than 1 hour.
Prescription Drugs: If you are using prescription drugs, check with your physician to make sure that an increase in core body temperature or the exposure to far infrared light does not interfere with the drugs.
Children and Sauna use: In traditional Finnish communities, the use of a sauna is a family event and children are introduced to it from a early age. However, far infrared heat has a direct effect on the body and its core temperature and young children’s bodies are not as efficient at self-regulating their body temperature. Also, it may be difficult for a young child to recognise when they are getting too hot. It is advised to avoid infrared sauna use for babies and very young children and always make sure a minor is accompanied by an adult when using the sauna.
Enclosed infections: Enclosed infections, dental, joints, etc.. should not be exposed to intense far infrared heat at any time
Pregnancy: Even though traditional Finnish communities will continue shortened sauna use during pregnancy, we advise not to use your far infrared sauna while pregnant to avoid any unnecessary risks.
Surgical Implants: surgical implants generally reflect infrared rays and are not heated by an infrared heat system. When in doubt check with your surgeon.
Menstruation: Heating of the low-back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily
increase menstrual flow. Which may be inconvenient but is otherwise harmless. In fact, studies have shown that far infrared sauna therapy can alleviate menstruation cramps. If you experience extreme increase of flow, stop your sauna sessions and consult your doctor.
Haemorrhage: Haemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to haemorrhage should avoid infrared sauna usage
Additional symptoms: if any symptoms occur during an infrared sauna session or if any existing symptoms become worse, the use of infrared therapy should be stopped until the cause of the symptoms is determined.
Pain: Using an infrared sauna should not cause pain in any form or way. If you experience pain or increased pain. Stop your session and seek advice.
Headaches: Far infrared therapy is reported to have a positive effect on stress related headaches. If you are getting a headache during your session, something is not as it should be and it is advisable to stop your sauna use until the cause of your headaches is determined. Make sure you drink sufficiently and give your body time to cool down after your sauna session.