Infrared saunas continue to gain popularity for their numerous health benefits. Similar to traditional saunas, they promote sweating and detoxification, but the mechanism of action is different. Infrared saunas use infrared light sources to directly heat your body, rather than the air around you. Some of the health benefits of our Clearlight Sanctuary model are listed below.
What Is An Infrared Sauna?
An infrared sauna is similar to a traditional sauna, which uses hot air to raise your body temperature. Instead of hot air, though, infrared saunas use infrared light sources to create heat. The infrared light directly heats your body rather than the air around you.
At mend, our chiropractors might suggest an infrared sauna as an alternative to the high heat of a traditional sauna. Spending time in an infrared sauna doesn't just help you relax; sweating and detoxification can improve your overall health and well-being, too.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Infrared Saunas?
Infrared saunas can help alleviate symptoms and flare-ups of certain chronic conditions. They can also help improve your general wellness in many ways. If you're interested in trying an infrared sauna, you should consider the following benefits:
- Sore muscle relief
- Arthritis relief
- Better circulation
- Faster metabolism
- Better athletic recovery
- Clearer skin
- Better sleep
Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome report improvements in their condition after using infrared sauna therapy. Our doctors might recommend infrared sauna sessions as part of your treatment plan if you have joint pain, back pain, neck pain, or musculoskeletal pain in other regions.
How Should I Prepare For An Infrared Sauna?
After you and our doctors decide that infrared sauna treatment will benefit you, they can help you prepare for a safe and satisfying session. Before you enter an infrared sauna, you should:
- Wait at least 10 minutes after exercising
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Reschedule your session if you feel sick
It's up to you and our doctors to decide the amount of time you should spend in the sauna and how often you should use it. The first couple of sessions should be no longer than 10-15 minutes, but soon you can spend up to 30 minutes enjoying your time without overheating.
Finally, our doctors will help you choose the temperature for the infrared sauna to make sure you're comfortable with the amount of heat. Generally, temperature options range from 100-150ºF. This is cooler than a regular sauna, but the infrared light causes you to sweat just as much or more.
How Will I Feel After Spending Time In An Infrared Sauna?
You'll sweat quite a bit as you sit in the infrared sauna, and you may continue to sweat for a short time after completing your session, as your core body temperature will be raised. The sauna can relieve muscle tension and improve joint mobility, causing you to feel more relaxed and at ease after each session.
For most, infrared saunas are more comfortable than the traditional option but provide many of the same benefits. To learn more about infrared sauna therapy, call mend, or book an appointment online today.