What are the benefits of Infrared Sauna?
Passive Cardiovascular Conditioning Effect
Infrared Sauna Therapy makes it possible for people in wheelchairs, or those who have a disability that affect their ability to exercise to achieve a cardiovascular training effect. Regular use of a sauna may impact a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise." - Journal of the American Medical Association 8/7/81.
Due to the deep penetration of the infrared rays generated by the Far Infrared Sauna, there is a heating effect deep in the muscular tissues and the internal organs. The body responds to this deep-heating effect via an hypothalamic-induced increase in both heart volume and rate. This beneficial heart stress leads to a sought-after cardiovascular training and conditioning effect. Medical researches confirm the use of a sauna provides cardiovascular conditioning as the body works to cool itself and involves substantial increases in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.
Fat becomes water-soluble at a temperature of 100 F° before it begins to dissolve and enter the bloodstream to be removed from the body. In a FIR Sauna fat is also removed through sweat and cellulite. Weight loss is one of the benefits of using a FIR sauna each day for only 20-40 minutes. A single sauna session will burn 200-500 calories, as many as rowing a boat for 30 minutes or running several miles. Many people who have attempted weight loss through dieting and have not been successful will be pleased with their results from using a FIR sauna. Often the inability to lose weight is associated with chemical toxicity. As these toxins are removed from the body while using the FIR sauna, weight loss naturally follows. FIR saunas are the ONLY natural, healthy way to burn calories without exercising.
Use of a FIR sauna has a cumulative effect on the body, meaning that using it daily magnifies its benefits. The first time you use the FIR sauna will be a pleasant experience. However, after several days and then weeks, detoxification, weight loss, immune building and other benefits will increase dramatically. One must experience this cumulative effect to understand it completely. One 30-minute Infrared Sauna Therapy session burns up to 900 & more calories.
More Infrared Sauna Health Benefits:
Musculoskeletal Cases - success reported with infrared treatments
- TMJ Arthritis · Muscle Spasms - reduced or eliminated
- Traumatic Arthritis
- Low Back Pain - relieved
- Acel-decel Injury Sequelae
- Adhesions - lengthened or more easily broken; they are common in competitive athletes, trauma and repetitive stress syndromes
- Disc-protrusion Related Neuralgia
- Brain Contusion - accelerated healing
- Tight Shoulders - relaxed
- Compression Fracture - Example: pain stopped for 3 days with only a single treatment
- Spinal Cord Shock - post traumatic shock reversed
- Muscle Tension - relaxed
- Post-exercise Muscle Pain - vital to competitive athletes
- Arthritis: Gouty, Rheumatoid, DJD - each substantially relieved or improved
- Shoulder Pain - relieved or eliminated
Infrared Sauna also:
- Increases the extensibility of collagen tissues. Tissues heated to 45°C and then stretched exhibit a non-elastic residual elongation of about 0.5 ~0.9% that persists after the stretch is removed. It does not occur in these same tissues when stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Thus 20 stretching sessions can produce around 10 ~ 18% increase in length in tissues heated and stretched. This effect would be especially valuable in working with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synovium that have become scarred, thickened or contracted. Such stretching at 45°C caused much less weakening in stretched tissues for a given elongation than a similar elongation produced at normal tissue temperatures. The cited experiments clearly show that low-impact stretching can produce a significant residual elongation when heat is applied together with stretching or range-of-motion exercises, which is also safer than stretching tissues at normal tissue temperatures. This safer stretching effect is crucial in properly training competitive athletes so as to minimize their "down" time from injuries.
- Decreases joint stiffness directly. There was a 20% decrease in stiffness at 45°C as compared with 33°C in rheumatoid finger joints, which correlated perfectly to both subjective and objective observation of stiffness. Any stiffened joint and thickened connective tissues should respond in a similar fashion.
- Relieves muscle spasms. Muscle spasms have long been observed to be reduced through the use of heat, be they secondary to underlying skeletal, joint, or neuro-pathological conditions. This result is possibly produced by the combined effect of heat on both primary and secondary afferent from spindle cells and from its effects on Golgi tendon organs. The effects produced by each of these mechanisms demonstrated their peak effect within the therapeutic temperature range obtainable with radiant heat
- Produces pain relief. Pain may be relieved via the reduction of attendant or secondary muscle spasms. Pain is also at times related to ischemia due to tension or spasm, which can be improved by the hyperemia that heat-induced vasodilatation produces. This then breaks the feedback loop, in which the ischemia leads to further spasm and then more pain. Heat has been shown to reduce pain sensation by direct action on both free-nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves. In one dental study, repeated heat applications eventually led to abolishment of the whole nerve response responsible for pain arising from dental pulp. Heat may lead to both increased endorphin production and a shutting down of the so-called "spinal gate" of Melzack and Wall, each of which can reduce pain.
- Increases blood flow. Heating of one area of the body produces reflex-modulated vasodilatation in distant-body areas, even in the absence of a change in core body temperature; i.e. heat one extremity and the contralateral extremity also dilates; heat a forearm and both lower extremities dilate; heat the front of the trunk and the hand dilates. Heating of muscles produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during an exercise. Temperature elevation produces an increase in blood flow and dilation directly in capillaries, arterioles, and venuies, probably through direct action on their smooth muscles. The release of bradykinin, released as a consequence of sweat-gland activity, also produces increased blood flow and vasodilatation. Whole-body hyperthermia, with a consequent core temperature elevation, further induces vasodilatation via an hypothalamic-induced decrease in sympathetic tone on the arteriovenous anastomoses. Vasodilatation is also produced by axonal reflexes and by reflexes that change vasomotor balance.
- Assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates. The increased peripheral circulation provides the transportation needed to help evacuate the edema, which can help stop inflammation, decrease pain and help speed healing.
Infrared Sauna Benefits Part 2
Researchers reported over 90% success in a summary of Chinese studies that assessed the effect of infrared therapy on:
- Soft tissue injury
- Lumbar strain Periarthritis of the shoulder
- Sciatica Pain during
- Menstruation Neurodermatitis
- Eczema with infection
- Post-surgical infections
- Diarrhea Cholecystitis
- Pelvic infection
- Pediatric Pneumonia
- Tineas Frostbite with inflammation
- Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Japanese researchers, as reported in the book Infrared Therapy by Dr. Yamajaki, have produced the following provocative results.
- Burns: relieves pain and decreases healing time, with less scarring
- High Blood Pressure: safe in 40 ~ 50°C range and regular use helps to lower it
- Low Blood Pressure: sauna trains body to raise it
- Brain Damage: accelerated repair in brain contusions
- Short-term memory improved
- Cancer of the tongue reversed
- Toxic Electromagnetic Fields: effects neutralized
- Cerebral Hemorrhages: recovery is both sped up and significantly enhanced
- Auto Accident: related soft tissue injury - daily sessions were used until best healing was attained; then Infrared systems were used to deal with permanent residuals. The pain control effect on the chronic residuals from such injuries lasted three days before another treatment was necessary.
- Arthritis, acute and chronic: was greatly relieved
- Gouty Arthritis: relieved
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: relieved
- Menopause Symptoms: relieved chills, nervousness, depression, dizziness, head & stomach aches
- Weight Loss: first, through sweating and the energy use needed to produce the sweat and second, through direct excretion of fat
Blood Circulation - the following ailments may be associated to poor circulation and, thus, may respond well to the increased peripheral dilation associated with Infrared application:
- Nervous Tension
- Children's Over-tired Muscles
- Varicose Veins
- Strained Muscles
- Stretch Marks
- Menstrual Cramps
- Upset Stomachs