5 Surprising Benefits Of Infrared Sauna Therapy
What Is Infrared Sauna Therapy
Infrared saunas use infrared light lamps to directly warm your body instead of heating the air around you like normal saunas. In traditional saunas, temperatures range from 150F to 180F. Infrared saunas function at lower temperatures from 120F to 140F. These ranges are variable of course. The heat from traditional saunas dissipates through the air. With infrared technology, an estimate of 80% of the heat will directly affect the body. The heat from infrared saunas is reported to penetrate more deeply into the body than traditional saunas.
Infrared saunas utilize the benefits of light in the invisible range of infrared waves. There are near, mid and far rays that penetrate through skin and offer different health benefits.
Surprising Infrared Sauna Benefits
Radiant heat from the infrared lamps can help relieve arthritis pain, sprains, neuralgia, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, and other musculoskeletal pain. Additionally, they are known to help with skin suppleness and health.
A review of several studies found that infrared light therapy may be able to help reduce blood pressure. The Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver also found that it can possibly lower cholesterol and be a potential therapeutic option for those with congestive heart disease.
Those that use infrared saunas have reported improvement in a range of skin conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and reduced scarring. Sweating that happens inside the sauna can help clear dirt, oil, and other debris from the surface of the skin which improves the cleanliness and thus certain skin problems.
Many studies clarify the benefits of local applications of infrared for purposes of skin health.
Infrared light is believed to increase metabolism through passive aerobic workout, defined by sweating, increased blood flow, and calorie burning. Calorie burned during a 30-minute sauna session is estimated to be around 300-800 calories.
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