Infrared light therapy: specific wavelengths of light that penetrate below the skin layers. Infrared light assists cells, muscles, tissue and skin to regenerate and repair themselves, whilst improving circulation of oxygen rich blood.
Scientifically proven to deliver numerous health benefits including cellular detoxification, pain relief, improved circulation, increased collagen production for anti-aging and reduction of blood pressure, cortisol and inflammation.
Consists of 3 different wavelengths:
- Near infrared (NIR) penetrates the skin’s surface most effectively. NIR is ideal for cell rejuvenation, skin renewal and wound healing
- Mid infrared (MIR) longer wavelength that penetrates into the body’s soft tissue where inflammation occurs. MIR helps expand blood vessels and increase circulation so more oxygen can reach injured areas of the body. This reduces pain and speed healing process. MIR wavelengths are ideal for pain relief, muscle recovery, passive cardiovascular workout and weight loss.
- Far infrared (FIR): longest wavelength and reaches deepest into the body where toxins are stored. By raising your core temperature, FIR stimulates sweat glands resulting in deep, detoxifying sweat that leaves you feeling revitalized. FIR provides benefits of an increased core body temperature, increased blood circulation and reduction in blood pressure
Unlike traditional saunas that rely on heated air to warm the body, infrared saunas use infrared radiation to generate heat, which is believed to penetrate deeper into the skin and provide a range of health advantages.
Infrared radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that lies between the visible light and microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is characterized by its ability to generate heat when absorbed by an object. Infrared saunas utilize this principle by emitting infrared waves that are absorbed by the body, resulting in a rise in core temperature.
Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas:
- 1. Detoxification: Sweating is the body’s natural way of eliminating toxins. Infrared saunas can induce profuse sweating, which may help in flushing out heavy metals, pollutants, and other harmful substances from the body
- 2. Improved Circulation: The heat generated by infrared saunas dilates blood vessels, promoting better blood flow and increased oxygenation to the muscles and organs. This enhanced circulation can potentially benefit cardiovascular health and contribute to overall well-being.
- 3. Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Regular sessions in an infrared sauna can induce a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress levels and promoting a sense of tranquility. The soothing warmth can help relax muscles, relieve tension, and provide a calming effect on the body and mind.
- 4. Pain Relief: Many individuals report experiencing pain relief and reduced muscle soreness after using infrared saunas. The heat penetrates deep into the muscles and joints, promoting relaxation and potentially alleviating discomfort associated with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and muscle strains.
- 5. Skin Health: The deep heat generated by infrared saunas can stimulate collagen production, improving skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Furthermore, increased blood circulation may enhance the delivery of nutrients to the skin, resulting in a healthier complexion.
- 6. Weight Management: While infrared saunas are not a substitute for exercise and a healthy diet, they may aid in weight management. The increased heart rate and sweating during a sauna session can contribute to calorie burning, potentially supporting weight loss efforts.
Several studies have explored the effects of infrared sauna use on various health parameters as stated below:
- 1. Cardiovascular Health: A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension found that regular infrared sauna use resulted in significant improvements in blood pressure, arterial stiffness, and overall vascular function in patients with hypertension.
- 2. Pain Relief: Research published in the Annals of Clinical Research reported that infrared sauna therapy provided short-term relief for patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain.
- 3. Detoxification: A pilot study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health revealed that individuals using an infrared sauna had increased excretion of toxins such as heavy metals through sweat.
Infrared sauna therapy is also a great tool to help with pain management and is believed to help with pain relief through several mechanisms:
- 1. Increased blood circulation: Infrared heat penetrates deeper into the body compared to traditional saunas, promoting vasodilation and increasing blood flow to the muscles and tissues. Improved circulation can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the affected areas, which can aid in the healing process and reduce pain.
- 2. Muscle relaxation: The heat from infrared saunas helps relax tense muscles and reduce muscle spasms. By easing muscle tension, it can alleviate pain associated with muscle strains, overuse injuries, or conditions like fibromyalgia.
- 3. Joint pain relief: Infrared sauna therapy can provide temporary relief for joint pain, such as that caused by arthritis or inflammation. The heat can help reduce inflammation in the joints and improve mobility, making it easier to move without discomfort.
- 4. Endorphin release: The heat and relaxation experienced during an infrared sauna session can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving and mood-enhancing chemicals produced by the body. Endorphins can help reduce pain perception and promote a sense of well-being.
- 5. Detoxification: Infrared saunas induce sweating, which can aid in the removal of toxins and metabolic waste products from the body. Detoxification can indirectly contribute to pain relief by reducing inflammation and improving overall health.
It’s important to note that while infrared sauna therapy may provide temporary pain relief, it should not be considered a standalone treatment for underlying medical conditions. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating infrared sauna therapy into your pain management routine, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions.