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 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 and contact them directly.



References and Notation

J. Matthew Burnett, DC Integrating Infrared. 2012.

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.


Do you know when to use heat and when to ice an injury? Here are some helpful guidelines. Replacing traditional methods of heat treatment with far infrared heat therapy for a significant increase in circulation, pain relief, and detox.

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Heat vs. Cold - Dr. Soroush Khoshroo…Following an injury, the body goes through a systematic repair process. The repair process can be divided into 3 phases: 1) acute inflammation; 2) post-acute repair / proliferation; 3) remodeling. During the inflammatory phase, which usually lasts up to 72 hours, the main process involved is inflammation as the name suggests.  Signs and symptoms of inflammation are pain, swelling, heat, redness, pressure, and loss of function and movement.  Inflammation is part of the body’s innate and immediate response to a damaging stimulus/trauma/injury. The word inflammation usually has a negative connotation associated with it in therapeutic settings and it is often thought to be harmful for the body.  However, it is an absolutely necessary first line of defence mechanism in our body that allows us to survive….

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There are many ways that Chirpractic therapy can be used to keep seniors pain free and active. In addition to these practices, far infrared heat therapy is an excellent modality to use. Here is link to an article about how seniors are benefiting from far infrared heat treatment.

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Heart Health and Far Infrared Heat Therapy – A Natural Approach


For thousands of years, far infrared heat has been considered a natural way to treat illness and prevent disease. Recent research studies are proving the efficacy of using far infrared heat for cardiovascular conditions and congestive heart failure. There is an excellent article published be Alternative Medicine Review on the benefits of far infrared – including specifics on how it has treated patients with cardiovascular dysfunction. Below are excerpt from the article, as well as a link to the original publication.

Abstract:   Saunas appear to be an effective form of treatment for various forms of heart disease. Despite concerns to the contrary, saunas are not associated with increased mortality from sudden cardiac death or myocardial infarction (MI) in countries that routinely use saunas. Only 1.7 percent of the 6,175 sudden deaths in Finland occurred within 24 hours of taking a sauna. A total of 77 deaths occurred in saunas in Sweden during an 11-year period (1992-2003). Of those deaths, 71 percent were directly related to elevated blood alcohol levels rather than cardiovascular factors.

Sauna therapy has been used for hundreds of years in the Scandinavian region as a standard health activity. Studies document the 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 find 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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If you can improve your circulation, you can improve your long-term health and wellness. Our blood carries all the properties to maintain optimal health. Nutrition, oxygen, healing properties and genetic information are all communicated in our blood. The thermal effect
of far infrared heat is absorbed deep within tissue layers causing the blood vessels to expand or dilate, improving local blood circulation and increasing our metabolic rate, without increasing blood pressure. This enhances blood flow to peripheral vessels, enriching vital oxygen delivery to organs, joints and extremities. In turn this effect improves the healing of sprains and strains, relieving pain and reducing the time it takes the human body to recover from an injury and heal from wounds. The rate at which our bodies absorb nutrition, nutra-ceuticals, other supplements as well as medications is also improved. Many conditions that inhibit blood flow such as sickle cell anemia and diabetes benefit from the improvement of circulation through the use of far infrared heat therapy.

This is valuable information that needs to be passed on to anyone you know. Far infrared heat therapy should be an integral part of medial therapies for multiple disorders as well as should be used by the general public to maintain overall health and wellness.

Great far infrared heat therapy products can be found through this company – Therasage LLC. Their website is: Your comments are always welcome – and I love to hear personal stories.

Health and Blessings!

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As we ring in the New Year, we look forward to new beginnings in many aspects of our life. One of the biggest changes people focus on improving is their health. Health & wellness experts and doctors across the globe like Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, & Bob Greene, recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight & eliminating toxins as part of overall wellness. Beginning a new year, that means for many of us, we should probably lose a few (or more than a few) pounds. And if you’re looking to lose weight and remove harmful toxins from your body, Therasage Saunas can help. Multiple studies show infrared saunas promote weight loss by burning calories and improving circulation throughout your entire system.

Research supporting the effects of infrared saunas is extensive. Most of this is due to the effect infrared light has on fat cells. A 10-year…

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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 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. 


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


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 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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New Year, Revitalized You – Losing Weight, and Keeping Fit with Infrared Sauna Therapy

Infrared heat helps you lose weight, naturally

Infrared heat helps you lose weight, naturally

As we ring in the New Year, we look forward to new beginnings in many aspects of our life. One of the biggest changes people focus on improving is their health. Health & wellness experts and doctors across the globe like Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, & Bob Greene, recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight & eliminating toxins as part of overall wellness. Beginning a new year, that means for many of us, we should probably lose a few (or more than a few) pounds. And if you’re looking to lose weight and remove harmful toxins from your body, Therasage Saunas can help. Multiple studies show infrared saunas promote weight loss by burning calories and improving circulation throughout your entire system.

Research supporting the effects of infrared saunas is extensive. Most of this is due to the effect infrared light has on fat cells. A 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that waist circumference alone is a critical factor in assessing the risk of premature death. In other words, if you can maintain a healthy weight, you may increase your likelihood of a longer, healthier life. Regular infrared sauna use can be a key component to creating a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss and heart health (two benefits which often go hand-in-hand) are two major benefits of infrared heat therapy as well as building a strong foundation for optimum health by eliminating toxic build up stored in fat cells.

If you are overweight, there are many other diseases and conditions that can debilitate efforts to turn around your healthy outlook. For those who are sedentary due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, research results were even more profound (a).  Regular use of an infrared sauna may be an effective means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, akin to regular exercise. Infrared weight loss therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout – whenever you need it!

Another study showed that 30-minute infrared sauna weight loss sessions can burn upwards of 600 calories. During a sauna weight loss session, your core temperature increases and the body works hard to cool itself. While using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories. Blood flow is reported to rise from a normal 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute. (b)

far infrared heat resonating with H2O in body

Far infrared heat resonating with H2O in body

Understanding the Infrared Light Spectrum

Studies have shown that both far- and mid-infrared heat waves are effective in weight loss efforts. Full Spectrum infrared saunas offer both far- and mid-infrared settings. For workout aficionados and athletes, infrared sauna can be used to minimize injury downtime and expedite recovery after competition. Many sports medicine pros believe that the regular use of a Therasage far infrared sauna is essential in promoting muscle recovery, reducing tension and eliminating performance inhibiting toxic burdens from the body.

Infrared heat can greatly benefit the sore, damaged or tired muscles of an athlete. The heat penetrates the muscles, increasing blood circulation and assisting muscle repair. Infrared heat will also help in the reduction of lactic acids, allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax. The penetrating heat of the infrared sauna can also help ease the pain of a muscle sprain (after administration of cold and compression).

To learn more about infrared saunas and weight loss or to talk with an infrared sauna therapy expert, please contact us via, website, or by phone at 888.416.4441.


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(b) Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.

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