Something to consider is the use of far-infrared sauna therapy to help manage chronic pain. This type of radiant heat expands and dilates peripheral blood vessels bringing nutrient rich blood to the areas where you are experiencing pain relieving both muscle and soft tissue pain. Additionally, increased blood circulation delivers oxygen rich blood to depleted tissues, speeding up the body’s natural healing process.
Studies show sauna therapy to be effective in the treatment of:
- Muscle Spasm/ Tension
- Low Back Pain
- Disc-protrusion related neuralgia
- Brain Contusion
- Shoulders Pain
- Compression Fracture
- Spinal Cord Shock
- Arthritis (Gouty, Rheumatoid, DJD…)
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Lumbar Strain
- Facial Paralysis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Metal Toxicity
My first experience with sauna therapy… I though I would die. Imagine sitting in a box heated up to 150 degrees for 30 minutes with nothing to do. It was so hot, even reading was difficult! I was sitting there, trying to figure out how to cheat the machine a bit, when I realized… my pain had dulled a bit. While I am not sure that it has any direct effect on my pain, it does remove the muscle tension I hold from trying to avoid it.
Sauna offers a variety of other health benefits ranging from a clearer complexion to increase liver and kidney function. It is also considered an alternative therapy, and generally not covered by insurance. With that in mind, please know that units are relatively affordable, when weighed against the cost of continued use. Most 1-2-person units are fairly small, and would fit into a closet if necessary.
If you are considering purchasing a unit, please do the research. There are many things you need to know. For example, there are many cedar units on the market but this is not the preferred choice for Far Infrared heating elements, as the wood releases noxious gasses in this type of environment. Adhesives are also an issue. Be an informed consumer!
As with any kind of alternative care, please check with your physician before entering any kind of treatment plan. Just because it is considered holistic, does not mean that it does not affect the body's systems. Treatments can interact traditional medicine.