SAUNAS AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
How can an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas help you with rheumatoid arthritis?
You are in for a treat! But first let’s talk about what rheumatoid arthritis is.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints. It can affect any joint but it usually affects the fingers and wrists.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Normally, your immune system fights bacteria and other invaders and prevents them from causing disease.
Occasionally however, the immune system turns against the cells in your body and results in an autoimmune disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, immune cells begin to attack the joints and this is what results in swelling and pain.
It is not exactly clear what triggers autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis but in some instances, if you have a family member who has suffered from the disease, there is a chance you might get it too.
How rheumatoid arthritis is treated
Because rheumatoid arthritis is chronic, there is not much that can be done to cure it right now.
It can however be managed with anti-rheumatic drugs.
If rheumatoid arthritis is not managed properly, it can lead to complications like heart disease and diabetes. Research studies have shown that there is a high risk of developing these conditions when a person has rheumatoid arthritis.
And this is where an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas will be of great help to you.
If you’re looking for a drug-free alternative that can help you relieve the pain and relax the muscle stiffness you experience with rheumatoid arthritis, an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas is your answer.
Infrared saunas emit infrared waves that heat up your body evenly.
This induces a type of “hyperthermia” in your body that creates multiple benefits.
Heat therapy has long been used in medicine to relax muscles and dilate (open up) blood vessels for better blood flow. Once the infrared waves from your sauna hit your skin, these effects are triggered.
Within just a few minutes of the soothing heat that comes from our far-infrared sauna systems, you will experience a relaxing of knotted muscles and your body will begin to circulate blood better.
Improved circulation of your blood will deliver more oxygen to your brain which in turn will leave you feeling rejuvenated and restored both in body and mind!
Infrared heats also helps with the release of endorphins- the natural “feel good” chemical in your body. Endorphins interact with pain receptors in your brain and can actually help to reduce the pain you’re experiencing due to rheumatoid arthritis.
Additionally, since rheumatoid arthritis can impair your ability to move, you should know that that radiant heat from an infrared sauna is an excellent way for you to get the benefits of exercise without undue stress on your joints.
A prior study done in the Netherlands showed that the use of an infrared sauna significantly helped patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). During the four-week study done on a handful of patients, after using a sauna for rheumatoid arthritis, patients reported significant decreases in fatigue, pain, tired muscles, and stiffness.
The beauty of using an infrared sauna for rheumatoid arthritis, is that unlike traditional saunas which can heat up uncontrollably, the heat you get from an infrared sauna is just enough to induce the natural hyperthermia we talked about before without causing extra tissue damage.
If you’re looking for a natural way to deal with the pain, muscle stiffness and swelling that comes with rheumatoid arthritis, an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas is the choice to make.
More research studies that support the use of infrared saunas for arthritis
-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. A normal ESR ranges from 0-22. So, he decided to use an infrared heat system. In less than five months, his ESR was down to 11. Infrared saunas for the win!
-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