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We hear so many stories from our customers about their challenges dealing with chronic pain. Its rewarding to hear from those who have been able to toss their pain pills, replacing them with regular use of our infrared saunas to relieve tension and relax muscles. As more and more chronic pain sufferers are looking to non-pharmaceutical options to achieve pain relief, infrared sauna use has become one of the most popular alternatives. Natural pain relief is one of the most compelling reasons to regularly use infrared sauna.

“Infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal.” – Dr. Jeffrey Spencer – University of Southern California

For years, doctors have recommended infrared sauna because of proven relief from sports injury, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles, and tissues, increasing circulation, and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, infrared sauna reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.

Studies on Infrared Sauna for Natural Pain Relief

A study published in Internal Medicine showed that chronic pain patients experienced a significant reduction in pain levels (nearly 70%) after the first session of infrared sauna. Pain scores also decreased and remained low throughout the observation period. Researchers concluded that infrared heat is effective for chronic pain treatment.

Infrared saunas have resulted in effective pain management for many different ailments associated with chronic pain. Here are a few specific conditions in which infrared sauna has been successfully used for pain relief.

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) – Those who suffer from PAD can experience severe leg pain caused by reduced blood flow and oxygen to the lower legs. The pain can worsen with walking. Researchers found that infrared sauna sessions of just 15 minutes a day significantly lowered pain. Patients also were able to walk twice as far without pain with infrared sauna use.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis – Those who suffer from autoimmune conditions, such as RA and ankylosing spondylitis, often struggle with hefty side effects of pain management. But with infrared sauna use, pain relief can be found without negative outcomes. A study has shown that while in the sauna all patients with these conditions felt significantly better. Those with RA also showed improvements in pain and fatigue while not in the sauna.
  • Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the entire body, with particular areas of sensitivity. Studies have shown that infrared sauna use helps with pain relief during treatment, and that pain levels were significantly lower months after ending treatment.
  • Emotional Pain – Physical pain is often given much more credit in our society than pain caused by emotion. But medical doctors have begun to understand the real physiological impact of psychological issues. Infrared sauna works for the pain that can’t be seen, too. In the same study of chronic pain patients, researchers found that patients had a lower anger level compared to those not in the sauna group.

Learn more about infrared sauna and how it may assist you with pain management by visiting us online at Or give us a call at 704-313-8678. We are happy to discuss the many benefits of infrared sauna and book a session for you!

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 and/or website.

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