"What I have found is that my patients that have had the far infrared therapy seem to over the next few days have a lot less pain and the healing time is decreased. A typical injury that might last two weeks is lasting only a week."
Dr. Corey Hewko----Medical Research and Development Division
Injuries and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy Far Infrared Saunas have gained tremendous respect and renown with weekend cyclists, marathoners, weekend warriors and professional athletes alike. Far infrared sauna therapy has the unique ability to speed up and improve the healing process of many injuries including joint and muscle pain, back pain, scarring, colds and flus as well as a host of other conditions. Far infrared sauna therapy penetrates the skin up to two inches to allow increased blood flow and vasodilation. During the subacute stage far infrared sauna therapy permits new growth of connective tissue and capillaries that help repair the damaged structures. Scar tissue also continues to grow during this time but can be minimized by the use of far infrared saunas.
FIRT helps promote rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Far infrared sauna therapy also expands capillaries which stimulate increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation. The chronic stage follows in which scar tissue is remodeled by the stresses placed on it. During this stage the deep heat of far infrared sauna therapy helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen rich blood to oxygen depleted muscles, so they recover faster.
All in all, Far Infrared sauna therapy is an excellent addition to any muscle and joint rehabilitation program:
- Increases extensibility of collagen tissue. Use of farinfrared heat causes muscles to stretch more than ones with regular heat.
- Decreases joint stiffness. (There is a 20% decrease in rheumatoid finger joint stiffness at 112 degrees F as compared to 92 degrees F, which correlates perfectly to both subjective and objective observation of stiffness.)
- Increases circulation. Heating muscles produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Temperature elevation also produces an increased blood flow and dilation directly in capillaries, arterioles, and venules, probably through direct action on their smooth muscles.
Sports Injuries - Many professional and amateur athletes are incorporating far infrared therapies into their workout and recovery regimes.
Reduce scarring - Far infrared therapies increases blood flow into damaged areas and can result in less scarring and quicker healing times.