Dilate blood vessels and capillaries, providing increased flow of rich oxygenated blood to muscles and joints
Reduce muscle spasms and promote healing of injured and sore muscle fibers
Improves flow within the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and inflammation
Stimulates cellular and enzyme activity
Promotes the adhesion and osmosis of water molecules across the cellular membrane
Relieves pain and stiffness from Arthritis, Bursitis, and Rheumatism
Improves cardiovascular conditioning and allows for a cardiovascular workout even for those that might not otherwise be able to exert themselves – like wheelchair bound persons
Normalizes cholesterol and lowers blood pressure
Relieves tension, stress and fatigue
Aids in removing toxins from the body
Expands blood vessels
Helps boost and improve the immune system
Stimulates cellular and enzyme activity
Assists in improving skin tone and reducing cellulite
Burns calories and regulates weight - burns as much as 700 calories per session!
Great before a workout, run or massage
Used by medical doctors, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, sports medicine specialists and NASA since 1965
PRECAUTIONS FOR INFRARED SAUNA USE
With a little common sense and by following a few precautionary guidelines, Infrared Sauna Therapy is a safe and pleasurable way to maintain and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
It is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature too high in someone with adrenal suppression and systemic lupus or multiple sclerosis, by some authorities. As always, check with your doctor first.
For patients with these health considerations, some physicians recommend shorter IR sauna sessions at lower temperatures with a friend nearby in case a physical weakening may occur. We have had good reports from our clients with lupus and multiple sclerosis. Mild radiant body heating produces a wonderful cardiovascular improvement, carrying increased amounts of healing oxygen throughout the body, even if clients do not sweat profusely. Individuals with total Heat Insensitivity or who lack the ability to perspire or sweat or to emit body heat should probably refrain from IR sauna use. As always, check with your doctor first.
If you have a sprain, bruising, laceration or surgery, the affected area(s) should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury OR until the swelling has reduced. Start with short sessions of 15-20 minutes at a lower temperature (115-120 degrees) and work your way up. Mild stretching exercises work wonders for rehabilitating injuries like ACL and Rotator Cuff surgery. Proper IR Sauna Therapy speeds healing of wounds and injuries dramatically.
PREGNANT OR LACTATING WOMEN
Generally considered risky or unsafe- let your therapist know and consult with doctor first.
ARTIFICIAL IMPLANTS, STENTS AND PACEMAKERS
As always, check with your surgeon first. However, some surgeons and M.D.’s don’t really have a solid understanding of how far infrared technology works and therefore, may not be much help in offering sound medical advice. Many artificial implants will only get as warm as the increase in the core temperature of the human body during a sauna session (which is only 1-3 degrees) depending on the type of implant.
Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow. Once a woman is aware that this may occur, she can choose to allow herself to possibly experience this short term effect without worry or to simply avoid use at that time of her cycle. Many women do report relief of other common symptoms related to menstruation including relief of bloating, cramping and headaches.
If you are using any prescription drugs, check with your physician for any possible change in the drug’s effect due to any interaction with infrared heat. Very rarely does heating the body alter the properties or effects of a prescribed medication. Cortisteroids may be a contraindicated substance. Some antihistamines contain ephedrine and may increase heart rate inordinately during sauna use.
Hemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to hemorrhage should avoid usage or any type of heating that would induce vasodilatation or stimulated circulation, which can increase the tendency to bleed.
According to Dr. J. Halperin, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, “Moderate sauna use is safe for most older people. Diabetics or anyone being treated for heart conditions, circulatory issues or prescription medication should check with their doctor.”
Age is not a contraindication for IR sauna use. We have clients in their 90’s who enjoy the benefits of regular sessions.
Young children have a high metabolic rate and are less adaptable to higher body core temperatures than adults, due to their limitations of circulatory adaptation and body temperature regulation (sweating).
Ages 6 – 12 should spend no more than 20 minutes in IR saunas, and should be accompanied by an adult. Start with lower temperatures and work up gradually as child demonstrates the ability to perspire freely.
Ages 6 and Under should avoid use unless prescribed by a doctor.
Teenagers may safely use IR saunas, taking particular care to hydrate liberally and not become overheated.
Start your IR sauna program slowly and monitor any unusual changes in blood sugar. Infrared sauna use does not increase the blood sugar level or the body’s consumption of glucose.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Using an IR sauna does not normally raise blood pressure. You may use a blood pressure monitor during your session to observe BP rates. Although the heart rate is increased during use, vasodilation of all the blood vessels in the body and increased blood circulation actually allows for a lowering of blood pressure in many users, both short and long term. Regular infrared sauna use is a highly effective, passive cardiovascular activity for folks with limited physical exercise capability.
ELIMINATION OF MEDICATIONS / HEALING REACTIONS
During IR sauna therapy, it is common for the body to eliminate residues of prescription and “over the counter” medications even those ingested many years past. Such residues can include ingredients found in antibiotics, narcotics, sedatives, stimulants, chemotherapy, cold medicines, sleep and allergy aids, etc. Occasionally, the release of these substances can result in temporary effects similar to the action of the drug when first taken, i.e., novocaine expulsion may temporarily produce a slight numbness in the jaw from a previous dental injection.
Purging your system of antibiotics can sometimes alter digestive bacteria balance and constipation or diarrhea may be a symptom. In most instances, these effects pass quickly as residues are excreted.
As some toxins are mobilized from storage sites throughout the body, they are transported by the blood to the liver, primarily. Toxins must be processed by the organs of elimination, including the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin. The metabolic process of expelling toxins sometimes results in mild and short lived “flare ups” or experienced symptoms of a previous illness, virus or physical trauma.
Most healing reactions are mild and pass quickly. Symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, aches, pains, muscle cramps, sinus discharges, odors, minor rashes, headaches, irritability and fatigue. Mood swings and emotional reactions may occur on rare occasions and are the result of changes in body chemistry and neurotransmitter levels.
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