Apart from being the largest organ of the human body, our skin is responsible for performing several important functions involving protection, regulation and sensation1. If skin is wounded or damaged, its ability to properly perform these functions may become impaired, leaving the body vulnerable to a variety of injuries and illnesses.
One of the most important roles that our skin plays is that of a protective barrier against damaging environmental elements such as moisture, harmful rays from the sun, bacteria and toxic substances. Any open wound or injury on the skin’s surface serves as an entry portal for dangerous substances to enter the bloodstream.
When a wound of this nature occurs, the body responds by supplying blood and nutrients to the skin surface in order to promote healing and prevent infection. New cells are produced, and will eventually form new tissue and blood vessels at the wound site. Clinical studies have found that sauna therapy, in addition to healing damaged muscle and tissue, accelerates and enhances this recovery process of open wounds2,3. In fact, a study conducted by NASA found that infrared therapy accelerated cell regeneration, promoted tissue growth, prevented infection and enhanced the skin’s natural healing process4.
Why suffer through the pain of injured muscles and open skin wounds? Call one of our friendly customer service associates at (800) 528-3110 to find out how a JNH Lifestyles sauna can speed up your recovery process.
1 How does skin work? (n.d.). Retrieved September 07, 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072439/.
2 Yu, S., Chiu, J., Yang, S., Hsu, Y., Lui, W., & Wu, C. (2006). Biological effect of far-infrared therapy on increasing skin microcirculation in rats. Photoderm Photoimm Photomed Photodermatology, Photoimmunology and Photomedicine, 22(2), 78-86. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0781.2006.00208.x.
3Toyokawa, H., Matsui, Y., Uhara, J., Tsuchiya, H., Teshima, S., Nakanishi, H., . . . Kamiyama, Y. (2003). Promotive effects of far-infrared ray on full-thickness skin wound healing in rats. Exp Biol Med (Maywood), 228(6), 724-729.
4 Whelan, H. T., Smits, R. L., Buchman, E. V., Whelan, N. T., Turner, S. G., Margolis, D. A., . . . Caviness, J. (2001). Effect of NASA Light-Emitting Diode Irradiation on Wound Healing. J Clin Laser Med Surg Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine Surgery, 19(6), 305-314. doi:10.1089/104454701753342758.
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