Infrared Therapy and Arthritis

Multiple studies have been done on the impact of whole body hyperthermia therapy in the form of dry infrared heat on the symptoms of arthritis. A few of those will be discussed on this blog, or have already been discussed. The positive effects seem to apply for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For rheumatoid arthritis this seems to be counter intuitive but studies focussing on this particular type of arthritis indicate that there is significant benefit in regular use of infrared whole body therapy.

What does it mean when a medical study indicates significant benefits? It means that during these studies improvement was found in 3 areas. First of all, the people who used an infrared sauna reported significant improvement in their pain levels. The same can be said for stiffness which improved during and after the sauna sessions. And last, there was improvement in fatigue.

This corresponds quite well with the feedback we get from our customers. When we look at the group of people that buy our far infrared saunas because they suffer from arthritis or because they have sore knees, back or shoulders, the feedback we receive from many of them is that using their sauna relieves the pain to various degrees. Some people report relief and a general feeling of wellbeing thanks to the deep warmth. Others benefit greatly and use their sauna as an alternative or addition to painkillers and physio or other therapy. When it comes to stiffness, the feedback is uniform. An infrared session makes the joints and muscles loosen up. Especially those who suffer from bad morning stiffness seem to benefit a lot from an early morning session in their sauna to start the day.

The fact that the infrared light warms up the muscles, tissues and joints directly helps people who are on an exercise program. People seem to find it helpful to do their exercises immediately after the infrared session. Which actually makes sense when you consider that professional athletes use the infrared sauna to warm up their muscles for 10 to 20 minutes before they embark on a training session.

Different people have different preferences with regards to frequency and duration of their infrared sauna session. The positive effects and pain relief on arthritis can be felt starting from 2 – 3 20 minute sessions a week. Most people seem to use it every day though and the average session duration tends to be around 30 minutes.

One last tip; if you like the benefits of infrared therapy, but do not like the heat, there is good news for you. It is possible to use an infrared therapy cabin at lower temperatures or even open the door occasionally. You will not get a deep sweat or detoxification, but your body will still get a good dose of infrared light and benefit from its positive effects.

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