Saunas and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Using your Sauna for Arthritis Relief
Many people use far infrared heat (FIR) as a successful treatment for arthritis pain relief, rheumatism and muscle pain (myalgia). Using a sauna for arthritis pain can substantially reduce the pain and deformation caused by myalgia and certain kinds of rheumatism.
How does the sauna provide arthritis relief, you ask? Well, with each sauna session your muscle length is increased. Regular use of an infrared sauna may actually result in a permanent increase of 12%, strengthening and toning muscles for overall better health. For athletes, far infrared sauna therapy can be used very effectively for warming up and cooling down during an exercise workout.
Sauna and Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief – Case Studies
-A Swedish case study reported working with a 70-year old man who had rheumatoid arthritis, secondary to acute rheumatic fever. After a long period of time, he had reached his injection limit and his ESR – Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (blood test that monitors inflammatory activity in your body) was still 125, when a normal range is from 0-22. So, he decided to use an infrared heat system. In less than five months, his ESR was down to 11 by using the sauna for arthritis.
-The same rheumatologist worked with a 14-year-old Swedish girl who had difficulty walking downstairs due to knee pain that had been consistent since the age of eight. This therapist had told her mother the girl would be in a wheelchair within two years if she didn’t begin gold corticosteroid therapy. After three infrared sauna treatments, she began to become more agile and experienced sauna arthritis relief!
-Lastly, a clinical trial in Japan reported a successful solution for seven out of seven cases of rheumatoid arthritis treated with whole-body infrared therapy. These case studies and clinical trials indicated that further study is warranted for the use of whole-body infrared therapy in the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis