Saunas and Varicose Veins: How Heat Helps
Vericose veins are typically caused by poor circulation in your legs- which create weakened valves. Typically, the valves in your veins keep your blood flowing from your legs all the way up to you heart. When the valves aren’t working as they should, the pressure builds up and blood collects in your legs – hence causing the varicose veins.
Now when you use a far infrared sauna for varicose veins treatment, the heat from the sauna effectively dilates the veins (which is why your skin appears red after exposure to heat) and can help move intravenous blood and circulate it throughout your body. Normally, this is the area that has slow circulation associated with varicose veins and is the most affected.
It is important to note that the use of an infrared heat sauna instead of a traditional sauna is important, as it emits a lower, yet more effective, deep penetrating heat. Some studies show that traditional saunas can emit too high of a heat and not work as well with treating your varicose veins.