Migranes and Headaches

Using a Sauna For Migraines and Headaches

How can an infrared sauna help you with migraines and headaches?

If you have ever suffered from a migraine or persistent headaches, you don’t need to be told how debilitating these recurring pains can be. The good news is that an infrared sauna has been found to be effective at reducing many types of pain including the pain of a migraine or headache.


About 12% of American suffer from migraines and it can happen to anyone.
You are more likely to suffer with migraines if you are a woman, have a family history of migraines or have other medical conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, hypertension or epilepsy.

Triggers for migraines include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Hormonal changes especially in women
  • Bright or flashing lights
  • Loud noises
  • Strong smells
  • Medicines
  • Too much or not enough sleep
  • Sudden changes in weather or environment
  • Overexertion (too much physical activity)
  • Caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
  • Skipped meals
  • Medication overuse (taking medicine for migraines too often)
  • Certain foods and food additives in
    • Alcohol
    • Chocolate
    • Aged cheeses
    • Some fruits and nuts
    • Fermented or pickled foods
    • Yeast
    • Cured or processed meats

A person experiencing a migraine typically describes a throbbing and pulsating headache that is on one side of the head. During this time, a migraine sufferer is sensitive to loud noises and lights and might experience nausea with vomiting.
When the migraine ends, the person might report feeling drained and exhausted.


Unlike migraines, a regular headache does not come with sensitivity to noises and lights. It most likely will be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Nonetheless, it is painful. Headaches can occur for a variety of reasons and are usually a sign of a bigger problem.

Causes of headaches include:

  • Untreated/uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Severe dehydration
  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression

Treating Migraines and Headaches

For a regular heachache, treating the underlying issue is likely to get rid of the headache. For migraines however, this requires a lot more. There is no cure for migraines. Most of the treatment revolves around treating symptoms and dealing with the attacks.

A doctor might prescribe pain killers or drugs in the triptan and ergotamine family to deal with the pain of a migraine. Lying down to rest while staying away from bright and flashing lights might help to reduce the sensations of a migraine.

A number of lifestyle changes might also help a migraine sufferer deal with the condition.

  • If you’re not getting enough sleep, it may be time to start retiring early to bed.
  • You may have to eliminate coffee from your diet especially if you notice that caffeinated drinks trigger a migraine for you
  • Alcohol and trigger foods like chocolate and aged cheeses may need to go as well.
  • Take care of your mental health. You are more likely to suffer with migraines if you’re stressed out. Doing this could include taking a break away from stressors, engaging in more exercise and seeking the help of a mental health professional early.

How Can Infrared Sauna helps with Headaches and Migraines

Regardless of the cause or trigger, time spend in a sauna to treat and prevent headaches and migraines is time well-spent that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Heat therapy has long been used in medicine to reduce pain and help people heal from injuries. Enjoying the heat from our infrared saunas from Good Health Saunas is sure to help you recover quickly from headaches and migraines.

Getting a headache or migraine is uncomfortable. Medication works but sometimes you want an excellent home remedy. An infrared sauna is what you’re looking for. When infrared light penetrates deep into your body and heats your internal temperature, it increases circulation and oxygenation of cells, helping to prevent tension.Plus, an effective sauna will have you sweating in no time, helping your body release toxins, which may help reduce your migraines.
In a study published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers show that sauna treatment was effective at reducing migraine pain in patients.

In this study, thirty-seven people were randomly assigned into two groups: one received advice and prevention education and one that received the same advice received sauna migraine relief therapy regularly for eight weeks. The intensity of headaches for those who enjoyed sauna sessions improved significantly over those who received the advice and prevention education.

People have reported experiencing headaches after using traditional saunas. This happens because of the intense heat and steam that traditional saunas generate.
Infrared saunas on the other hand, use far infrared energy wavelengths which penetrate 1-2 inches deep into the human body. The penetrating rays is what heats up the body from the inside to provide sauna-derived benefits.

Using a sauna for heachaches and migraines will also release tension in any knotted muscles so you can relax and recover quickly.

Looking for a natural and non-invasive way to get over migraines and headaches? There’s an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas with your name on it.