Infrared rays exhibit wavelengths similar to those naturally emitted by the human body. You may be wondering, “What exactly does this mean?”, and “How does this affect me?”
All light, visible or not, contains a certain level of energy that is emitted in wave formation in what is commonly referred to as ‘wavelengths’. Light that is associated with a high level of energy will exhibit shorter wavelengths, while light with a lower energy level will express that energy as longer, drawn out wavelengths.
Infrared energy exhibits a similar wavelength to the energy that is naturally emitted by the human body. Because of these similar wavelengths, infrared heat is able to penetrate nearly two inches into our tissues and muscles, which will absorb over 90% of the energy carried by the waves. This energy is expressed in the form of heat, which activates the dilation of blood vessels and increases the circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
The increase in circulation and oxygenation has a therapeutic effect on the body: muscle spasms are decreased, pain and stiffness in sore joints and muscles is minimized, and the range of motion in adversely affected joints is increased dramatically.
In fact, a recent study of Arthritis patients found that pain, stiffness and fatigue all decreased significantly in those participants that underwent infrared treatment:
“IR was well tolerated, and no adverse effects were reported, no exacerbation of disease. Pain and stiffness decreased clinically, and improvements were statistically significant…fatigue also decreased.” ¹
Infrared sauna therapy holds promise as a safe, effective form of treatment for individuals suffering from the debilitating symptoms associated with arthritis. For more information on how one of our JNH Lifestyles infrared saunas can help you cope with incapacitating arthritis pain, call us at 800-528-3110 and one of our friendly customer service associates will be happy to assist you.
¹ Oosterveld, F. G., Rasker, J. J., Floors, M., Landkroon, R., Rennes, B. V., Zwijnenberg, J., . . . Koel, G. J. (2008). Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Clin Rheumatol Clinical Rheumatology, 28(1), 29-34. doi:10.1007/s10067-008-0977-y
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