Fibromyalgia is chronic condition that affects the entire body. The illness can cause fatigue, stiffness, insomnia, and headaches, along with a litany of related emotional problems. Sore joints, tendons, and muscles cause fibro sufferers to spend their days and nights looking for relief.
Typically, fibro sufferers treat their symptoms with analgesic pain relievers, like ibuprofen and naproxen. These drugs are inefficient at controlling fibro-related pain. They also have negative side effects with long-term use. Prescription drugs, too, have their own set of reported problems and side effects.
More and more chronic pain sufferers are now looking to non-pharmaceutical ways to achieve pain relief. One of the most popular alternatives to medicine for fibromyalgia is regular infrared sauna use. At Respira Vita, we think it’s a great idea!
“For centuries healthcare providers have used topical heat to relieve minor aches and pains, but today we are just beginning to understand the full range of therapeutic benefits that heat offers,” said pain expert Peter Vicente, Ph.D.. “Through new clinical research, we have found that heat [as from an infrared sauna] activates complex neurological, vascular and metabolic mechanisms to mediate the transmission of pain signals and effectively provide relief for a variety of pain conditions.”
Infrared saunas also are known for reducing fatigue caused by sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation in fibro patients can come from painful physical symptoms and from the stress and anxiety that often accompanies chronic illness.
According to many health professionals, the more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body will produce. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure. Scientific studies shows that infrared sauna helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol.
Infrared saunas are heart healthy! The heat in an infrared sauna aids in the stimulation of the heart, which increases blood flow. The improved circulation relieves the inflammation and joint stiffness associated with fibromyalgia. Infrared saunas may also relieve tension and headaches caused by poor circulation.
We are regularly treated to the success stories of those clients that find some relief and assistance in their pain management with a regular infrared sauna routine. Are you a chronic pain sufferer? Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Maybe its time to consider infrared saunas.
Disclaimer: Respira Vita is proud to feature Sunlighten Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas. The information provided in this blog are excerpts taken from the Sunlighten blog by Guest Controbutor, Eric Bogy, writer for FitandMe.com, and the Sunlighten website. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements.