Joint pain seems to be the one ailment that everyone is afflicted with at some point in their life. At the same time, it’s one of the more difficult problems to treat. Even though there are a plethora of pain treatment methodologies out there, most patients go away with only partial pain alleviation. In the search for functional and non-invasive methods for dealing with joint pain and stiffness, people are looking more to the modalities of complimentary medicine, or more specifically infrared saunas. Infrared saunas penetrate directly into the body, assuring good heat at the right spot. The possibilities for using an infrared sauna for joint pain treatment increased when research to explore its effects on joint stiffness was done. The research showed a twenty percent decline in stiffness for people with rheumatoid finger joints treated at 112F, as compared to patients who’s joints were treated at a lower temperature.
When heated to 112F and then stretched, tissues become elongated by about 0.5-0.9% which persists even after the stretching has stopped. When stretching at normal temperatures this does not occur. Researchers have concluded that by doing 20 stretch sessions, a person can increase the length of their tissues by 10-18% when they are heated and stretched. -Justus F Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition. When working with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synovium that have become scarred, thickened or contracted this stretching method is very useful. By stretching at 112F instead of room temperature, the damage that normally occurs when stretching is much less. Since stretching after sauna use is safer, many athletes make use of the advantages that can be had from a quality, deep stretch. Obtaining joint pain relief is of serious concern to many people. Having access to an infrared sauna has given each person the opportunity to find greater and longer lasting natural pain relief. The healthy, non-intrusive nature of infrared portable saunas makes them worth the investment.