Generate Revenue By Adding Innovative Treatment – Far Infrared Heat

Far infrared saunas are a great addition to your practice - and add value

Far infrared saunas are a great addition to your practice – and add value

Incorporating Far Infrared Heat Therapy into your practice is an effective way to add value, generate referrals, and grow your bottom line.

Natural and Alternative Wellness Practitioners, Chiropractors, and Health Coaches are as much small business owners as they are healers. They want to offer their clients solutions that work, but will also give them the opportunity for additional income through effective product sales. By integrating far infrared heat therapy modalities into a practice is not only an effective means of healing, but also a great opportunity to generate additional income from the sale of infrared products for at-home use.

All of these specialty practices see hundreds of clients with illnesses ranging from fibromyalgia, to back pain, to sleeping disorders, muscle spasms, sports injuries, blood disorders, and even diabetes. Practitioners that are equipped with the right knowledge and solutions for these ailments are paramount to their success in treatment. With the integration of far infrared heat, patients are feeling the benefits through a safe, all natural treatment. Infrared sauna therapy has been so successful in treating these athletes that many of them integrate sauna usage post-workout to aid with recovery and stress reduction. Companies like Therasage Premier Infrared Healing Products have many different products like Personal Portable Saunas and heating pads that can be bought in inventory,  or simply drop shipped to your client (after you get a cut).

Increasing circulation and inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system can have significant healing benefits, which is why infrared (IR) therapy can be integrated effectively into any treatment protocol. By suppressing the sympathetic nervous system, the body suppresses the cytokine TGF-beta-1, which has been proven to be the most consistent stimulant of myofibroblast production.

Additional clinical benefits of IR therapy include lowering blood pressure; stimulating subcutaneous wound healing; increasing circulation due to the release of nitric oxide, thus inducing vasodilatation; and reducing pain.

Far-Infrared or radiant heat (FIR) is part of the natural light spectrum of sunlight and a safe form of energy that heats objects by a process Called direct light conversion. Radiant heat warms the objects around it without affecting the temperature of the surrounding free air.  All warm-blooded animals that far infrared/radiant heat, a beneficial and essential form of energy that has the ability to penetrate, refract, radiate and reflect.

If you currently employ lipolaser technology without IR therapy, you’re missing the boat. Not only can saunas be esthetically appealing, uniquely compact, and equipped with the finest in audio/video systems, but some use hypoallergenic wood that is safe to use in the clinical setting even with the most sensitive patients.

An article published on ChiroEco.com by J. Matthew Burnett, DC gave these recommendations for ailment-specific application:

Performance-care protocol: The sauna should be used three times per week for four to six weeks. This is the recovery and performance enhancing protocol to aid those patients who are attempting to increase their metabolism, strength, post-workout recovery, energy levels, and muscular endurance.

IR therapy has demonstrated the ability to excite the mitochondria of the cell, thus producing an increase in ATP (energy), which aids in increased metabolic function. As the body’s core temperature elevates, the heat elicits the release of growth hormone, which in turn increases muscle hypertrophy, lipolysis, and calcium retention.

Increases have also been seen in integrins, gap junction proteins, and other regenerating genes with exposure to IR therapy, suggesting that it accelerates tissue recovery. Heating pads can be used as often as the consumer chooses, and have no documented contraindications. Typically, heating pads are used for pain relief, and improved circulation. With any IR heat application, water intake should increase, however, to help remove toxins broken up and released.

Blood-pressure protocol: The sauna should be used two to three times per week for four weeks.

When attempting to promote a healthier circulatory system, it is important to understand that the deep heat of IR therapy causes a hypothalamic-induced elevation in both heart rate and cardiac output. It is believed that this additional stress placed on the heart leads to conditioning of the myocardium, which eventually lowers blood pressure. Also, the release of nitric oxide promotes vasodilation of the circulatory system and enhances blood flow to the periphery.

Weight-loss protocol: In this instance, the sauna should be used three times per week for eight weeks.

Studies have shown that a 30-minute sauna session can burn between 400 and 600 calories. Hit it hard and be consistent; isn’t that the key with any weight-loss program? Couple that with good nutrition and exercise and it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Pain-and-inflammation protocol: For this, use the sauna two times per week for six weeks.

IR therapy provides a deep penetrating heat that helps reduce pain and promotes increased circulation to areas of discomfort. IR therapy may also reduce and prevent the formation of scar tissue and myofascial adhesions.

Good To Know

  • IR has the ability to affect the immune system if body temperature rises even 1 to 3 degrees during a session, inducing a controlled fever.
  • Fever is said to promote the production of white blood cells within the bone marrow and killer T cells by way of the thymus. Could this be occurring every time we engage the body in this type of treatment?
  • Research indicates that saunas enable the body to heal faster and function better. And there is still a lot to be discovered about this new and effective tool.
  • Educate patients on the safety and effectiveness of IR therapy and monitor first-time users closely. Your staff must also be educated and aware of dehydration issues with all patients using the sauna.
  • Full-spectrum IR saunas are a modality that can address a wide array of symptoms and conditions by biostimulating tissue in a safe and controlled environment.

We are all looking to increase revenue, and help people suffering with moderate to severe illness. When there is a natural way to accomplish both, professionals and consumers need to know. From a business perspective, saunas can be of tremendous benefit to your practice and your clients, and add significant value to you treatments. For additional information on some of the above mentioned products, visit http://www.therasage.com and contact them directly.

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References and Notation

J. Matthew Burnett, DC Integrating Infrared. ChiroEco.com. 2012. http://www.chiroeco.com/chiropractic/news/13006/1759/integrating-infrared

Nurmikko T, Hietaharju A. Effect of exposure to sauna heat on neuropathic and rheumatoid pain. Pain.1992;49(1):43–51.

Scoon GSM, Hopkins WG, Mayhew S, Cotter JD. Effect of post-exercise sauna bathing on the endurance performance of competitive male runners. J Sci Med Sport. 2007; 10(4): 259-262.

What The Experts Say About Far Infrared Therapy – Limitless Benefits

experts on infrared heatWhat the Researchers say about FIR

The following information was shared on http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ and was compiled by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND. He gives a detailed list of various studies and research on the benefits of infrared light therapy and how it relates to improvement of several health conditions and ailments including chronic pain, heart disease, PAD, fibromyalgia, dysmenorrhea, and discusses life extension and health improvement through detoxification.

Dr. Edward F. Group III founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. At the forefront of the research and development team, Dr. Group assumes a hands-on approach to producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information.

Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and, though he no longer sees patients individually, now focuses on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural, and organic health resources on the Internet.

Waon Therapy Improves Peripheral Arterial Disease

A group of medical doctors (Tei, Shinsato, Miyata, Kihara, and Hamasaki,2007) at Kagoshima University in Japan developed a form of thermal therapy they called “Waon therapy” (soothing warm therapy) involving the repeated use of a dry sauna at 60°C.

“The patients were placed in a far infrared-ray dry sauna, in which the temperature was evenly maintained at 60°C for 15 min., and then were kept on a bed outside the sauna for additional 30 min. with sufficient warmth provided by blankets. …Therapeutic benefit was demonstrated by regression of rest pain in all patients. Ischemic ulcers healed in all of the 7 limbs, resulting in successful limb salvage. … In conclusion, we demonstrated that Waon therapy improved symptoms, status, and blood flow in patients with PAD.”

Full article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Efficacy of Waon therapy for Fibromyalgia

Abstract: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic syndrome characterized by widespread pain with tenderness in specific areas. We examined the applicability of Waon therapy (soothing warmth of far infrared therapy) as a new method of pain treatment in patients with FMS. Thirteen female FMS patients received Waon therapy once per day for 2 or 5 days/week. The patients were placed in the supine or sitting position in a far infrared-ray dry sauna for 15 minutes, and then transferred to a room where they were covered with a blanket from the neck down to keep them warm for 30 minutes.

RESULTS: All patients experienced a significant reduction in pain by about half after the first session of Waon therapy (11-70%), and the effect of Waon therapy became stable (20-78%) after 10 treatments. Pain VAS and FIQ symptom scores were significantly (p<0.01) decreased after Waon therapy and remained low throughout the observation period.

CONCLUSION: Waon therapy is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome.

Intern Med. 2008; 47(16):1473-6 (ISSN: 1349-7235) Matsushita K; Masuda A; Tei C The First Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima University Hospital. 

Read the article online at MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/internalmedicine/47/16/47_1473/_article. 

 

Beneficial Effects of Waon (Infrared Light Therapy) Therapy on Patients with Chronic Heart Failure

Abstract:

Background: We have reported that Waon therapy, the repeated use a dry sauna at 60°C, improves cardiac and vascular function in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). We conducted a prospective multicenter case-control study to confirm the clinical efficacy and safety of Waon therapy on CHF at 10 participating hospitals. Methods: Patients (n=188) with CHF were enrolled and treated with standard therapy for at least one week, and then were randomized to a Waon therapy group (n=112) or a Control group (n=76). All patients continued conventional treatment for an additional two weeks. The Waon therapy group was treated with a far infrared-ray dry sauna at 60°C for 15 minutes and then kept on bed rest with a blanket for 30 minutes each day for 2 weeks. … During the study, none of the patients treated with Waon therapy had worsened clinical symptoms. Conclusion: In this prospective multicenter study, we confirmed that Waon therapy is safe, improved clinical symptoms and cardiac function, and decreased cardiac size in CHF patients. Waon therapy is an innovative and promising therapy for patients with CHF.

(Circulation. 2008;118:S_1028.) © 2008 American Heart Association, Inc. Results of Multicenter Study Chuwa Tei ; Masaaki Miyata ; Takashi Kihara ; Takuro Kubozono ; Yoshiyuki Ikeda ; Takuro Shinsato ; Shoji Fujita ; So Kuwahata ; Shuichi Hamasaki Kagoshima Univ, Kagoshima, Japan.

 

Korean Study: Benefits of far infrared heat therapy for dysmenorrhea in high school girls

Hong, Department of Nursing, Chodang University, Muan, Korea 

Thermotherapy using an infrared heating element was provided to high school girls.

RESULTS: The experimental group had significantly lower mean scores for menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea, and blood pressure than those in the control group. However, no significant differences were found between two groups for pulse, respiration, and temperature.

CONCLUSION: These findings show that thermotherapy was effective for reduction of menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea, and B/P. Therefore, this therapy could be used as a nursing intervention for students with dysmenorrhea.

 

Dr. Oz on the Oprah Show: High-Tech Ways to Extend Your Life:

High-Tech Ways to Extend Your Life By Dr. Mehmet Oz The Oprah Winfrey Show | March 24, 2009. From the Oprah.com website, accessed October 13, 2011 

“The next life extension tool that Dr. Oz wheels onto Oprah’s stage can help you burn 700 calories…without lifting a finger. Dr. Oz says his in-laws introduced him to the infrared sauna, which is slightly different than a normal sauna. ‘It makes the same rays that come from the sun and filters out the UV radiation, so it only gives you the infrared radiation,’ he says. ‘That radiation that’s infrared goes a little bit into your skin so, without heating you up and the external environment too much, it heats the body up.’ After a few minutes in the sauna, Oprah says she’s starting to feel the heat. Dr. Oz says the high temperature helps lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. ‘It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories,’ Dr. Oz says. ‘It raises your metabolism a little bit, and also when you sweat, you sweat out toxins through the skin.'”

 

Therapeutic Effects of Infrared Therapy

in Lehmann, Williams, Wilkin

The following information has been summarized from Chapter 9 of Therapeutic Heat and Cold, Fourth Edition, Editors Justus F. Lehmann, MD, Williams, and Wilkin, or concluded from data gathered there.

Generally it is accepted that heat produces the following desirable therapeutic effects:

1. Infrared heat increases the extensibility of collagen tissues. Tissues heated to 45 degrees Celsius and then stretched exhibit a nonelastic residual elongation of about 0.5 to 0.9 percent that persists after the stretch is removed. This does not occur in these same tissues when stretched at normal tissue temperature.

Stretching of tissue in the presence of heat would be especially valuable in working with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synovium that have become scarred, thickened, or contracted. Experiments cited clearly showed low-force stretching could produce significant residual elongation when heat is applied together with stretching or range of motion exercises.

2. Infrared heat decreases joint stiffness. There was a 20% decrease in rheumatoid finger joint stiffness at 45 degrees Celsius (112’F) as compared with 33 degrees Celsius (92’F) which correlated perfectly to both subjective and objective observation of stiffness. Speculation has it that any stiffened joint and thickened connective tissues may respond in a similar fashion.

3. Infrared heat relieves muscle spasms. Muscle spasms have long been observed to be reduced through the use of heat, be they secondary to underlying skeletal, joint, or neuropathological conditions. This result is possibly produced by the combined effect of heat on both primary and secondary afferent nerves from spindle cells and from its effect on Golgi tendon organs.

4. Infrared heat treatment leads to pain relief. Pain may be relieved via the reduction of attendant or secondary spasms. Pain is also at times related to ischemia due to tension or spasm that can be improved by hyperthermia that heat-induced vasodilation produces, thus breaking the feedback loop in which ischemia leads to further spasm and then more pain. Heat has been shown to reduce pain sensation by direct action on both free-nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves. In one dental study, repeated heat applications led finally to abolishment of the whole nerve response responsible for pain arising from dental pulp. Heat may lead to increased endorphin production and a shutting down of the so-called “spinal gate” of Melzack and Wall, each of which can reduce pain.

Localized infrared therapy using lamps tuned to the 2 to 25 micron wave band is used for the treatment and relief of pain by over 40 reputable Chinese medical institutes.

5. Infrared heat increases blood flow. Heating one area of the body produces reflex-modulated vasodilators in distant-body areas, even in the absence of a change in core temperature. Heat one extremity and the contralateral extremity also dilates; heat a forearm and both lower extremities dilate.

Heating muscles produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Temperature elevation also produces increased blood flow and dilation directly in capillaries, arterioles, and venules, probably through direct action on their smooth muscles. The release of bradykinin, released as a consequence of sweat gland activity, also produces increased blood flow and vasodilation.

Whole body hyperthermia, with a consequent core temperature elevation, further induces vasodilation via a hypothalamic-induced decrease in sympathetic tone on the arteriovenous anastomoses. Vasodilation is also produced by axonal reflexes that change vasomotor balance.

6. Infrared heat assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema, and exudates. Increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help evacuate edema, which can help inflammation, decrease pain, and help speed healing.

7. Infrared heat introduced in cancer therapy. More recently, infrared heat has been used in cancer therapy. This is a new experimental procedure that shows great promise in some cases when used properly. American researchers favor careful monitoring of the tumor temperature; whereas, the successes reported in Japan make no mention of such precaution.

8. Infrared heat affects soft tissue injury. Infrared healing is now becoming a leading edge care for soft tissue injuries to promote both relief in chronic or intractable “permanent” cases, and accelerated healing in newer injuries.

 

Speculation About Infrared Heat Effects on Blood Circulation:

All of the following ailments may be associated to some degree with poor circulation and, thus may respond well to increased peripheral dilation associated with infrared treatments: Arthritis; Rheumatism; Sciatica; Strained muscles; Backache; Fatigue; Hemorrhoids; Stretch Marks; Nervous Tension; Menstrual Cramps; Children’s Overtired Muscles; Varicose Veins; Neuritis; Bursitis; Leg and Decubitis ulcers (that fail to heal using conventional approaches); Post-operative edema (treatment has proven so effective, hospital stays were reduced by 25%); Peripheral occlusive disease (‘the goal is to maintain an optimal blood flow rate to the affected part’. In general the temperature should be maintained at the highest level, which does not increase the circulatory discrepancy as shown by cyanosis and pain.’ Therapeutic Heat and Cold, pp. 456-457).

thermal image - far infrared heat effects

thermal image – far infrared heat effects

 

 

 

The yellowish or dull color on the back indicates poor blood circulation.

The orange color of the middle and lower back indicates higher temperatures.

The red color indicates temperature rise and improved blood circulation.

 

 

 

Therapeutic Effects of Infrared Therapy:

in Low & Reed

The following information has been summarized from Chapter 7 of Electrotherapy Explained: Principles and Practice, Third Edition, by John Low, FCSP, DipTP, SRP and Ann Reed, MCSP, DipTP, SRP (Woburn, MA; Butterworth-Hainemann, 2001). 

Physiological Effects of Temperature Changes on the Body Tissues:

1. Metabolism, being a series of chemical reactions, will increase with a rise of temperature. As with any chemical action, Metabolism is increased by a temperature rise. The actual change is about one-eighth (13%) for each 1oC so increasing the tissue temperature by, say, 4oC would increase the metabolic rate by some 60%. … From a therapeutic point of view the local temperature changes that can, or should be achieved are limited in the deeper tissues to about 5 or 6oC above core temperature.

2. The resistance to flow in a blood vessel depends directly on the viscosity of the fluid, and raising the temperature lowers the viscosity. Viscosity changes affect not only the fluids in narrow vessels (blood and lymph), but also fluid movement within and throughout the tissue spaces.

3. Collagenous tissue extensibility has been shown (Lehmann et al., 1970) to increase within a therapeutically applicable range (40 – 45oC). Joint stiffness has been found to be reduced by heating (Wright and Johns, 1961); on cooling, joint stiffness is increased.

4. Blood vessels are changed during heating. Vasodilation occurs not only to distribute additional heat around the body, allowing compensatory heat loss from regions not heated, but also to protect the heated skin. Vasodilation due to heat is caused by: a) a direct effect on capillaries, arterioles and venules, causing them all to dilate (Lehmann and de Lateur, 1982); the nature of this process is not understood; b) an axon reflex; c) greater acidity of heated tissues from carbon dioxide and lactic acid released at a higher rate due to increased metabolism; d) an inflammatory reaction due to damaged proteins caused by heating.

5. Because of all the foregoing, there is an inevitable increase in fluid exchange across capillary walls and cell membranes. The acidity of the blood rises, and both carbon dioxide and oxygen tensions increase. There is an increase in lymph formation and a higher blood leucocyte count.

 

Therapeutic Effects of Local Tissue Heating:

1. Encouragement of Healing

Any condition in which increased metabolic rate, cell activity and local blood flow are beneficial can be appropriately treated by mild heating.

Chronic Inflammatory states and the stages of repair and regeneration are all appropriately treated with mild heating. All forms of therapeutic heating are applied to a wide range of chronic and post-traumatic conditions including arthroses, soft tissue lesions and post-surgical healing.

2. Control of Some Infections

Dry surface heating, achieved by infrared radiation or hot air, may have a particular role in the control of surface infections, such as chronic paronychia, a fungal (candida) infection, or other infections. Surface drying will diminish bacterial colonization.

3. Relief of Pain

Surveys of patients with persistent pain have found that some form of heat ranks highly, after analgesia, among the measures used by patients to control pain. For example, Barbour et al. (1986) found that heat was the most effective non-analgesic method of pain control for 68% of the cancer outpatients in their sample.

The stimulation of sensory heat receptors may activate the pain gate mechanism. Cervero et al., 1993, suggest that the development of hyperalgesia as a consequence of mild heating may contribute to pain modulation.

The sympathetic skin response to pain was found to be reduced by therapeutic heat applied in a distant region (Yagiz On et al., 1997.) The authors suggest that this clear analgesic effect of heating may be due to suppression of cortical pain as a consequence of increased levels of endorphins and possibly due to local inhibition of both afferent and efferent C fibers.

Vascular changes could also reduce local pain, as blood flow “washes out” some pain provoking metabolites resulting from tissue injury, including prostaglandins and bradykinin (Lehmann and Letour, 1982; Wadsworth and Chanmugan, 1980.)

Other mechanisms that may account for pain relief include the reduction of muscle spasm, the sedative effect, and a decrease in sympathetic nervous system activity which is said to promote vasodilation in deeper blood vessels (Michlovitz, 1986.)

4. Reduction of Muscle Spasm

Investigated by Lehmann and de Lateur, 1982. Since pain and muscle spasm are interdependent, a reduction in one will cause a reduction in the other.

5. Sedative Effect

The sedative effect of superficial heat could be a reflex phenomenon due to rise in skin temperature itself, or a consequence of pain relief (Lehmann and de Lateur, 1982.)

The use of heat for pain relief is primarily based on empirical observation and the underlying mechanisms are unknown (Michlovitz, 1986.)

6. Increase of Range of Joint Motion

There seem to be three mechanisms involved here:

Analgesic effects allowing greater tolerance of stretching (Michlovitz, 1986)

Reduction in viscosity of tissues (Wright and Johns, 1961)

Increased collagen extensibility at higher temperature (Lehmann et al., 1970)

 

Therapeutic Effects of Sauna Therapy:

in Crinnion 

Sauna as a Valuable Clinical Tool for Cardiovascular, Autoimmune, Toxicant induced and other Chronic Health Problems by Walter J. Crinnion, ND (accessed online October, 2011 at AMR, Alternative Medicine Review)

Abstract: Sauna therapy has been used for hundreds of years in the Scandinavian region as a standard health activity. Studies document the e!effectiveness of sauna therapy for persons with hypertension, congestive heart failure, and for post-myocardial infarction care. Some individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic fatigue, chronic pain, or addictions also can benefit. Existing evidence supports the use of saunas as a component of depuration (purification or cleansing) protocols for environmentally-induced illness). While far-infrared saunas have been used in many cardiovascular studies, all studies applying sauna for depuration have utilized saunas with radiant heating units. Overall, regular sauna therapy (either radiant heat or far-infrared units) appears to be safe and offers multiple health benefits to regular users. One potential area of concern is sauna use in early pregnancy because of evidence suggesting that hyperthermia might be teratogenic. (Altern Med Rev 2011;16(3):215-225)

 

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Sickle Cell Anemia & the Battle for Pain Relief – What Far Infrared Therapy Users Are Saying

sickle cell among normal, healthy cells

sickle cell among normal, healthy cells

As Sales and Marketing Director for Therasage, I hear from countless individuals who have integrated far infrared therapy into their routine – and have had their lives changed. My latest discussion was with a woman who was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia as a child. The Co- Founder of Sickle Cell Society of BC, Storma Sire has battled pain and nearly her entire life, until she discovered a natural solution.

Sickle cell disease is a disorder that affects a molecule in the red blood cells known as hemoglobin, which is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. Sickle cell sufferers have red blood cells that have been distorted to a crescent shape. The “sickled” cells can block blood vessels causing severe pain — this pain is known as sickle cell crisis. Some forms of physical therapy might help relieve the pain of sickle cell crisis, including heat therapy.

Heat therapy can help with the pain management of sickle cell crisis. There are many forms of heat therapy, including baths, whirlpools, heat packs or pads, sitz bath therapy and continuous wave ultrasound. All these forms of heat therapy have little risk of side effects and can help reduce pain in any area of the body. Not only can heat therapy reduce pain by relaxing the joints and muscles, it also can speed up healing and reduce stress.

“Over a year ago, I did research on heat therapy and was looking for a heating pad to help with my pain,” Storma shares with me.  “I came across far infrared heat therapy pads, specifically Therasage heating pads. When I tried the pad for the first time, I was blown away. It helped with my pain after only a few short minutes.”  Her results are not unlike countless others who have benefited from using various forms of infrared heat to relieve their pain including patients with cancer, bone spurs, thalassemia, back pain, diabetes, and the list goes on.

If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain and are looking for natural, effective alternatives – use far infrared heat therapy. There is no other alternative out there that is more effective, relaxing, and therapeutic than this heat. Feeling is believing – try it for yourself.

Additional technology, therapy, and product information can be found at: http://www.therasage.com .

Health, light & blessings!

Information for this article provided by  from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001554/ &

http://www.livestrong.com/article/428765-physical-therapy-intervention-in-a-sickle-cell-crisis/

Far Infrared Heat Therapy for Seniors – How it can help

Our grandparents and senior aunts and uncles are the most important members of our family. They are the reason we are able to enjoy the lives we do today. The older they get, the more their health and care fall on us to manage and maintain. As we know, seniors are more likely to suffer from diseases such as chronic fatigue, arthritis, falls and injuries, chronic pains in the back and joints, elevated blood pressure, sleep disorders, even cancers, and many other conditions. There are several ways to help treat or create defenses against these conditions. Lifestyle habit and diet changes often play a vital role.  In addition to these basic practices, there are additional natural tool available to help. One of these techniques is heat therapy. The latest, most effective version of these time tested modality is Far Infrared Therapy, or FIR Therapy, which can provide natural pain relief, increase in circulation, and natural detoxification enhancing the immune system.

Far infrared light is the frequency of invisible light that is generated naturally by the sun. FIR Therapy is a type of low energy therapy that takes advantage of the heat generated by waves of energy from the far end of the infrared spectrum. This safe and natural alternative therapy can be used in the treatment of a variety of health problems such as arthritis, muscle pain and spasms and shoulder or joint stiffness.

Arthritic Benefit:

Arthritis is a condition that involves joint inflammation. The condition can cause daily suffering in the form of stiffness. Infrared sauna use has been become an effective method of treatment to combat the complications of arthritis. In the January 2009 issue of the journal “Clinical Rheumatology,” researchers studied the effects of infrared sauna use specifically on rheumatoid arthritis. Results of the study indicated that four weeks of infrared sauna use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis provides short-term benefits such as decreased stiffness and fatigue.

Chronic Pain Benefit:

One area where infrared sauna use is particularly effective is in the area of chronic pain. In the 2005 issue of “Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics,” researchers studied the effects of infrared sauna use in patients with chronic pain. Results of the study indicated that infrared sauna use decreased pain significantly in patients with chronic pain. A follow-up on the study revealed that two years after treatment, patients who participated in infrared sauna use were healthier and more active in their jobs.

FIR therapy also benefits the body by:

  • Helping the body remove toxins through perspiration
  • Reducing tension and stress
  • Improving lymphatic flow
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Increasing the circulation of blood deep in the tissues

Far infrared waves can penetrate up to three inches deep to generate warmth that can provide immense relief to muscles and internal organs. The gentle heat produced in far infrared heat therapy exerts an analgesic effect and can help reduce or eliminate chronic pains that seniors often experience in various parts of the body. Stiffness in the joints from arthritis can be significantly relieved. Studies show that far infrared heat makes connective tissue more flexible, permits greater joint movement and brings about increased levels of endorphins, which ease pain.

Far infrared therapy also causes blood vessels to expand. This expansion leads to improved circulation and allows the immune system cells and chemicals to converge on the injured areas to facilitate the healing process. Despite the heat induced, FIR therapy does not cause any significant rise in core body temperature or in blood pressure, which makes it safer for seniors with cardiovascular problems.

There are several types of far infrared therapy devices on the market today that provide both direct and indirect heat therapy. FIR saunas can be used to deliver whole body or indirect therapy while far infrared heating pads, clothing and furniture may be used for localized applications.

Each of these types of FIR therapy uses different means to produce far infrared heat. Far infrared saunas use carbon/ceramic heaters to generate indirect heat in the form of low energy far infrared waves. Heating pads utilize individual natural jade stones, and far infrared clothing such as undergarments, therapy gloves, joint braces, socks, sheets and pillows use specially designed infrared emitting fabrics to produce the infrared heat. All of these different types of therapy generate radiant heat that penetrates deep into the body to provide natural pain relief and other health benefits.

Some of the best products available today can be found at: http://www.therasage.com

Information for this article cited from the following sources: 

http://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/benefits-of-far-infrared-heat-therapy-for-seniors/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/183248-medical-benefits-of-infrared-saunas/

http://www.activeforever.com/t-press_release_far_infrared_heat.aspx

 

 

 

 

Fight Fall Colds Naturally, with Infrared Heat

fight cold and flu with infrared

fight cold and flu with infrared heat therapy

Nationwide, the weather has been all over the map (literally). Many of us finally felt the effects of Fall and in some areas, even record snowfall.  This can only mean that cold and flu season will quickly follow. We are NOT looking forward to suffering through congestion, cough, aches and more. That’s why it is essential to do what you can to enhance your immune system, and be in optimum health with defenses ready. Want to do it naturally?  Did you know that regular infrared sauna use can help strengthen your immune system, working to prevent colds and flu and detoxify your body at the same time? Therasage Premier Infrared Healing Products offer many options when choosing what infrared therapy is right for you.

How it Works

Increased Circulation:  Infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate (also known as vasodilation), which helps to cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system. This is our body’s natural defense against disease and infection.

fight influenza virus with infraredResearch supporting evidence that full spectrum (near to far)  infrared heating technology, technology found in our full spectrum infrared saunas, can strengthen the immune system.  The difference is important because infrared saunas can increase your core body temperature by 2-3 degrees– enough to improve the health results you achieve as compared to conventional saunas. Most infrared saunas on the market produce only far infrared. However, a new development in the field is full-spectrum infrared, like those offered by Therasage with minimal EMF and infused negative ion therapy.

Not only does infrared therapy enhance the key essentials I mentioned previously, but it is also an effective means of prevention.  Over the last decade science has finally caught up with what ancient societies have realized for millennia regarding the use of infrared heat therapy, and the evidence that’s surfacing about the benefits of regular use of infrared saunas is impressive.

Relaxation

relax with infrared saunaIn addition to the improvements to cell health and growth, infrared saunas help the body relax.

The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75 to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems. Therefore, relaxation is more important to health than most people realize. Long-term stress is the cause of countless physiological effects on the body, including increased blood pressure, weight gain, heart conditions, and weakening of the immune system.

According to New York Times best-selling author and fitness expert Jorge Cruise – as well as many other health professionals – the more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure. Excess levels of cortisol in the body can depress immune function.

Dr Aaron Flickstein is quoted in Journal of the American Medical Association in saying that “Regular use of a sauna may impact a similar stress on the cardiovascular system as running…”

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Scientific evidence also shows that Therasage infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol – fighting the negative effects of stress. While cortisol levels stay the same or rise slightly during a sauna therapy session, they drop immediately afterward. Far infrared saunas have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use.  Sauna therapy has also been tested on diabetes patients.

Here is a video posted by Dr. Perricone explaining some of the benefits shown by infrared sauna use:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H3UIIIRV9k&feature=related

So, low stress levels can mean better-functioning immune systems, stronger resistance to colds and flu virus, as well as healthier systems due to detoxification.

Happy holistic healing everyone! 

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Infrared Heat and Hyperthermia: Cancer Treatment that Works

(Some of the following Information compliments of the EuroMed Foundation, http://www.euro-med.us/cancer-treatment/hyperthermia.cfm)

Far Infrared heat acts by deeply penetrating tissue with therapeutic warmth. The resulting hyperthermia has many major benefits. Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is now being researched as a type of cancer treatment. In such, body tissue is exposed to high temperatures (up to 113°F). Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues. By killing cancer cells and damaging proteins and structures within cells (2), hyperthermia may shrink tumors(http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/hyperthermia)

Hyperthermia is under study in clinical trials (research studies with people) and is not widely available as of yet. In most countries of the world however, hyperthermia is considered the 4th major modality of cancer therapy along with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Only in the United States does it not have that status; here it is used only as part of an alternative cancer treatment protocol.

Hyperthermia generates heat to create more blood supply to the area. Because cancers have such a high rate of metabolism, when they are warmed up with far infrared heat for example, they literally over-metabolize themselves to death.

Some cancers are associated with viruses. You can make the body produce more heat shock proteins – one of the most common proteins in life on the planet, widely distributed all throughout Nature. Shock proteins were discovered when they exposed cell cultures and critters to heat shock. The body uses them to respond to all manner of stresses. They allow healthy cells to persist in the face of adversity. Some cancer cells can use it to for their own survival so it cuts both ways.

At the EuroMed Foundation, they have found Hyperthermia to be very effective when used with our low dose potentiated and targeted chemotherapy, also known as Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT).

If you would like to learn more about hyperthermia at the EuroMed Foundation, you can reach their office at 602-404-0400 to schedule a phone or in-person orientation.

There are several far infrared products out on the market today. Www.Therasage.com is an excellent source of high quality far infrared heat therapy devices, heaters, and saunas.

Doctors Speaking on The Benefits of Infrared

doctor going over the benefits of far infrared heat therapy

Many doctors across the globe have been doing ongoing research on the numerous benefits of light therapy. In these videos, MDs talk about the benefits of Far Infrared therapy and the positive effects it can have on the body. Watch for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5loc9NXRpk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXDhGaRssMI

Here’s what Dr. Perricone says: Dr.Nicohlas share about his study of near infrared therapy and also old mice finding the food in maze after take the therapy vs the young mice who have better memory in finding food. More about infrared discussion on health can be found on http://nearinfrared.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY8QP_GTXKo&feature=related

Here’s what Dr. Len Saputo says: Infrared light therapy is a very powerful new technology that relieves pain from most conditions including neuropathic pain. The use of an infrared scanner to monitor skin thermal changes in real time is essential to achieve safe and effective treatment. This video gives examples of its application and the article below describes it. Its use in the treatment of cancer pain is surprising. This technology is amazing for sports injury’s as well.

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I would love to hear your experiences with far infrared as well! Please, feel free to get in touch!

Happy holistic healing!