Infrared Sauna for Bursitis & Neuritis
Is bursitis or neuritis limiting your daily activities and causing persistent pain? Are you looking for a treatment that is safe, natural, and doesn’t require the use of risky prescription medications? We’d like to introduce you to infrared saunas and share how they can help you find relief. But first, it’s important to define bursitis, tendonitis, and bursitis.
Tendonitis and bursitis are caused by inflammation in the body’s connective tissues, primarily in the tendons and ligaments. When this inflammation reaches the nerves, it is known as neuritis, a painful condition of the peripheral nervous system that can limit your physical abilities to some degree.
What is Neuritis?
Neuritis can be localized to one specific area, such as a nerve, or affect the entire peripheral nervous system (PNS), causing extensive, generalized pain. With this condition, a “pins and needles” sensation may be present. You may also have weakness or numbness in the limbs, as well as delayed or absent relaxes to outside stimuli. Neuritis can present itself after a physical injury, shingles (herpes zoster virus), Lyme disease, or even following radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Because neuritis is symptomatic of a range of conditions, it can be difficult to treat this condition at the source. If your physician has ruled out a vitamin deficiency, cancer, multiple sclerosis, porphyria, or hypothyroidism, and you still have not arrived at a satisfactory resolution of your neuritis, infrared therapies, notable whole-body infrared sauna use, may bring a resolution to your neuritis pain.
How an Infrared Sauna Can Treat Your Neuritis
In every type of nervous system disorder, there is a build-up of toxins and waste generated by the body. This is not only the result of prolonged inflammation, but also a causal agent in the pain associated with the neuritis itself. When you use an infrared sauna, circulation and blood flow are increased, allowing much-needed nutrients to reach the area affected by your bursitis. This increased circulation helps to remove inflammation-exacerbating waste build-up while also promoting healing and nerve health.
One specific 2015 research study recognized by the National Institutes of Health, researchers found that test mice (used for their similar peripheral nervous system when compared to humans) were able to health faster from nerve damage and complications of the peripheral nervous system (such as those related to bursitis) after being administered far-infrared therapies similar to those found in an infrared sauna.
What is Bursitis?
Bursitis is an often-painful condition affecting the “bursa,” the small, gel-like sacs that protect the bones, muscles, tendons, and connective tissues surrounding joints. Bursitis can appear in the shoulders, knees, hips, elbows, wrists, and ankles. While inflammation can lead to pain, inflammation is actually your body’s natural response to excess friction. Inflammation acts as a natural buffer between the bones, tendons, and muscles. When bursitis is present, the area will appear redder, tender, and pain will likely be present.
A number of conditions can lead to bursitis, including:
- Trauma — Bursitis may appear after an injury due to a fall, accident, athletic activity, or after excessive strain to the joint area. Bursitis and tendonitis caused by physical exertion or injury can be treated with infrared sauna therapy.
- Nutrient deficiency
- Infection — Some infections, whether caused by bacteria or viruses, can take up residence in the joints and other tissues. By increasing circulation with infrared sauna use, many infection-based cases of bursitis can be effectively healed.
- Acidity — Acid buildup within the body can irritate tissues, especially tendons, the bursa, and other connective tissues.
- Build-up of Toxins — Even if toxic buildup isn’t the cause of your bursitis, it can exacerbate the symptoms, causing further tissue weakening and irritation.
Hips and shoulders are especially prone to bursitis; unlike other joints within the human body, they rely more on the strength of the muscles and connective tissues than, say, the knees, hips, ankles, and elbows. Therefore, a wrong movement, repetitive strains, or injury can easily inflame the bursae, leading to bursitis.
How Infrared Saunas Help Bursitis Sufferers
While non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can provide temporary relief, the radiant heat of infrared saunas reaches deep into the tissues, promoting healthy circulation around the affected areas. This increased circulation promotes healing to the tissue while removing waste byproducts caused inflammation and/or infection.
When using your infrared sauna to treat bursitis, tendonitis, or neuritis, it’s important to remember the role proper nutrition, hydration, and rest play in your recovery. Without nutrients and hydration, your body will be slow to eliminate toxins and increase blood circulation. Future flare-ups can be greatly diminished by making just a few lifestyle modifications: proper nutrition, rest, hydration, and infrared sauna use should be at the core of your recovery and flare-up prevention strategies.