Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Our Chiro Doc Dishes: Far Infrared Sauna Therapy for Pain

Our office has recommended Far Infrared Sauna Therapy for years to help with heavy metal detoxification. We endorse this therapy due to the infrared spectrum’s ability to penetrate deeply into the body’s tissue for a deeper core sweat.

In this article according to Neurologist Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was 95%-97% water, while the sweat of those who used an infrared sauna was 80%-85% water, with the non-water portion being cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.

As you can see this article confirms using infrared therapy for detoxification. This article also sites studies that show it to be very beneficial for pain relief and for other health concerns. Here are the results of these studies; which I find quite interesting and hope you will too.

In 1992, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, reported pain reduction and increased ability in elderly patients suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee who were treated with infrared heat. This double-blind study demonstrated more than 50% pain reduction for the treatment group, with no significant pain reduction in the placebo group.

In 1994, Laser Therapy Journal found that one of the potential mechanisms by which infrared heat reduces pain is by increasing endorphin release and decreasing the stress response.

In 2005, the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics had two groups in their study. Group A: received cognitive-behavioral therapy and rehabilitative physical therapy. Group B: received the same as A and also included infrared sauna treatments every day for four weeks. Both groups experienced reduced pain and increased mood, but Group B showed a significantly greater reduction in anger than in Group A.

In a 2006 double-blind, placebo-controlled study the Journal of Pain Research and Management found that infrared heat therapy was able to reduce chronic low back pain by 50% over seven weeks, with zero negative side effects.

In a 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, researchers found that reduction in both pain and stiffness were statistically significant after only four weeks of treatment for both rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
And recently in 2010, the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, states that infrared saunas are a valid intervention for congestive heart failure, hypertension and obesity. The researchers found that infrared sauna treatment significantly lowered blood pressure and induced weight loss, significantly reducing waist circumference, especially for patients forced to be sedentary due to medical conditions.

I truly found this article exciting and now I know why I feel so great each time I go into the infrared sauna that we have in our office. View this article in full.

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Dr. Liselotte Schuster
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