Nothing can be more crippling to a person that pain. Drug based pain relief has continually been the solution to this problem, only most Americans are tired of the associated negative side effects that come with continued drug use. In recent years this problem has been addressed by the immense growth in portable sauna use to mitigate pain naturally. A new type of pain has come into view among scientists called HRP or “Heat Responsive Pain.” Any common pain that can be relieved through heat therapy falls under the HRP category. Impressive results from treating conditions such as upper-body, menstrual, and lower-back pain have come from researchers using continuous low-level heat therapy to treat these and other HRP ailments. “Through new clinical research, we have found that heat activates complex neurologic, vascular and metabolic mechanisms to mediate the transmission of pain signals and effectively provide relief for a variety of pain conditions,” explained the Past-President of the American Pain Society and Clinical Health Psychologist, Riverhills Healthcare, Cincinnati, OH -Peter Vicente. He went on to say that “for centuries, healthcare providers have used topical heat to relieve minor aches and pains. Today, we are just beginning to understand the full range of therapeutic benefits that heat offers.” By dilating peripheral blood vessels with infrared heat from a FIR sauna, muscle and soft tissue relief can be maximized. Even the speed of injury recovery is increased because of the increased blood circulation brought on by infrared heat therapy.
In a dental study where repeated heat applications were employed , an eventual abolishment of the whole nerve response responsible for pain arising from dental pulp (center soft part of the tooth) was the end result. A two year long controlled trial with 46 random patients suffering from chronic pain was conducted. All of the 46 patients received four weeks of treatment from multiple disciplines. 22 of the subjects were given 15-minute daily FIR sauna treatments in addition to the other treatments. After the two years had gone, the subjects in the FIR sauna group were 37% more likely to have returned to work, have improved sleep, and tended toward greater improvement in anger scores and pain behavior scores. This pain relief may be a result of a reduction in muscle spasms and the relaxation of other irritable tight tissues.
By undergoing infrared heat therapy, many people have see the benefits of natural pain relief from numerous different painful health conditions. Some of them included: Low Back Pain, Muscle Pain (notably post exercise muscle pain), Muscle Tension, Neuralgia (related to disc protrusion), Pain which prevented sleep or limited usable sleeping positions, Adhesions (scarring) from athletic injuries, trauma or repetitive stress syndromes, Arthritis, gouty, rheumatoid or degenerative joint disease, Brain Injury (The effects of acceleration-deceleration injury or brain contusions) and Compression fractures, In one person pain stopped for three days of after only a single treatment, TMJ (arthritis and muscle spasms have been reduced or eliminated), Post traumatic shock has been reversed, Shoulder Pain, and Spinal Cord Shock. If pain relief without the negative side effects of drugs is what you are looking for, then there is hope. Whether it is a portable sauna at your house or the infrared sauna at the health spa, pain relief can be on your horizon.