Benefits of Infrared Sauna
The benefits of infrared sauna treatments can be provided in two basic ways:
One is to have a walk-in sauna costing thousands of dollars where you sit there for your half-hour session and work up a good sweat. And there are definite benefits if you can afford the time and afford the unit itself.
The other way is to use a ThermotexTM unit for local heat application. See
how a Thermotex relieves pain
to understand why this may often be a better way to receive the benefits of infrared sauna than exposing the whole body to infrared.
Some other advantages of a Thermotex pad are the low initial cost, the low cost of operation, and the benefit that can be obtained for a specific problem. Also you can use it while reading, watching TV, sitting a a desk, even driving your car. (I have done this using an inexpensive inverter.)
Here are only a few of the conditions for which a Thermotex unit can provide effective temporary pain relief. With the increased circulation that comes from repeated use, you are on your way to complete healing and pain relief. If you suffer from pain caused by a condition not listed, please contact us to see if Thermotex can help.
- Ankylosing sondylitis
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Crohn's disease
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Golfer's elbow
- Hip pain
- Lactic acid build-up
- Menstrual cramps
- Muscle spasms
- Plantar fasciitis
- Repetitive strain injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Shoulder problems
- Sinus problems
- Spastic bowel
- Sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
- Tension / stress
- Varicose veins
The health benefits of infrared sauna or just local applications of infrared have been reported from around the world. Over the last 25 years, Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians have done extensive research on infrared treatments and report many provocative findings. In Japan there is an "Infrared Society" composed of medical doctors and physical therapists, to further research and support the health benefits of infrared as a method of healing.
Musculoskeletal cases successes reported with Infrared treatments by Japanese researchers:
- TMJ arthritis
- Traumatic arthritis
- Acel-decel injury sequelae
- 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
- Muscle spasms - reduced or eliminated
- Low back pain - relieved
- Bursitis - eliminated
"Medical practitioners make use of infrared radiant heat to treat sprains, strains, bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis, and muscle pain" ... according to the McGraw/Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
Dr. Masao Nakamura of the O and P Medical Clinic in Japan has reported great success with the use of infrared treatments for:
- Shoulder stiffness
- Gastroenteric problems
- Ear diseases
A case study was reported in Sweden of a 70 year-old man with rheumatoid arthritis secondary to acute rheumatic fever. He had reached his toxic limit on gold injections and his erythrocyte sedimentation rate was still 125. Within 5 months of being treated with Infrared, his ERS was down to only 11.
In a case of rheumatoid arthritis in a 14-year-old, Swedish girl who couldn't walk comfortably downstairs due to knee pain since she had been eight years old, her rheumatologists told her mother that her child would be in a wheelchair within two years if she refused gold corticosteroid therapy. However, after 3 infrared treatments, she began to become more agile and subsequently took up folk dancing, without the aid of the conventional approach in her recovery.
A clinical trial in Japan reported the successful solution of seven out of seven cases of rheumatoid arthritis treated with infrared therapy.
These case studies and the clinical trial indicate that further study is warranted on the use of infrared therapy in the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
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