We now have an infrared sauna to offer as a treatment option for our patients.
Detoxification: When we sweat, it is possible to release a multitude of toxic material, including heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, as well as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.
Heart Health: According to one study, increased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with a decreased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), fatal coronary heart disease, fatal cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.
Pain Relief: LLLT (Low-Level light therapy) from infrared sauna use can be helpful for acute or chronic pain by reducing inflammation. Infrared light can penetrate further down into the joints, muscles and tissues, promoting circulation and blood flow. Good circulation is critical for proper healing. Red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the site of strain or inflammation, which helps increase the production of healing white blood cells.
Skin Purification: Infrared light has been shown to accelerate wound healing while also showing promise in reversal of sun damaged skin in some cases. Infrared light can reach deeper levels of your skin and remove toxins such as dead skin cells, oils, dirt, and bacteria. Additionally, an increase in circulation and delivery of oxygen to injured or damaged areas helps with cell turnover, therefore reducing the appearance of scars. Heating your body to its core triggers it to release the toxins clogging your pores; with each sweat, you’re detoxifying your body and promoting clear, soft, and healthy-looking skin.
Immune Health: The research on sauna use for both the herpes virus and Lyme disease is also promising. Increased circulation can lead to increased white blood cell production. Many painful autoimmune symptoms stem from an overload of toxins, sweating them out of your system can help relieve that form of inflammation.
Nervous System Health: Sauna can be helpful in bringing the nervous system into parasympathetic, “rest-and-digest” state.
Performance & Recovery: External heating from sauna usage may boost our natural production on human growth hormone (HGH), that naturally declines as we age.
Relaxation: infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna helps relax muscles and relieve tension and stress throughout the body.
Weight Loss: A 30 -minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories. The heat generated by the infrared sauna actually causes your heart rate to increase – the same heart rate you experience when exercising. During a sauna session the body’s temperature increases. The body has to work to cool itself, increasing the blood flow and heart rate as a result. Much like moderate exercise, this helps your body burn calories and supports healthy weight loss. This can be an effective lifestyle choice for those who cannot participate in traditional exercise programs.
Improved Circulation: As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your blood vessels constrict and allows for healthy blood flow. Consistent infrared sauna sessions can cause your blood vessels to dilate, the volume of their inner lining reduces, which in turn increases the circulation needed to maintain healthy blood pressure.