Recently I started working out in a place that uses infrared saunas. And it started me thinking about my first infrared device.
Maybe you remember it from the early 90s? It was a handheld device that you rubbed on and around the area that you wanted to heal.
I actually purchased mine from QVC and remember it was $15.
You see, my ex-husband had injured his hand and would get terrible swelling from where the bones were originally broken.
He had a physical job and wasn’t getting relief from any pain relievers. So when I saw the device and the demonstration, I thought it couldn’t hurt.
When the device arrived he was reluctant to use it. After my nagging, he finally tried it. And, within a few days, you couldn’t tell there was any injury.
His hand was great for some time and then all of a sudden the pain and swelling flared up again. So back to using the device for a few days and his hand would return to normal.
This happened a couple of more times over the years until the swelling finally seemed to disappear for good, as did the pain.
Since then I’ve been interested in this type of therapy and have watched it evolve through the years. When you witness healing first-hand (no pun intended) it’s hard to ignore the science.
I was, and still am, a believer in infrared light therapy.
But what is infrared light therapy?
Simply put infrared light is an electromagnetic radiation that can’t be seen by the human eye but produces heat. That heat energy can penetrate the skin and help cells to regenerate.
The wavelength of infrared light varies between 700 nanometers to one millimeter. The varying depth is how this modality is able to treat (and reach) different conditions.
You see, the infrared light triggers nitric oxide which fights free radicals, reduces blood pressure and improves blood circulation. This process then gets nutrients and oxygen into the cells making them able to repair tissue and reduce inflammation and pain.
Here are some conditions infrared light therapy (including saunas) can help with:
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
- Skin photo-aging
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Brain injury
- Sexual dysfunction
- Type 2 diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
It can also help boost the immune system, detoxify the body, reduce stress, fine lines, wrinkles and increase collagen production.
Infrared light therapy should not be confused with light-emitting diode (aka LED) light therapy which doesn’t give off heat and you can see the light. The two types of light therapy can be used (and often are) together.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this email, I have been going to a gym with infrared saunas. My son’s girlfriend, Sam, has also been going with me.
We actually work out in a private sauna that’s 125-130 degrees fahrenheit (51-54 degrees celsius).
Sam said I could share this with you …
Sam was diagnosed with arthritis last year, and has had terrible chronic pain in her hands. In the first week or so of going, her hands would feel great while we were in the sauna but would stiffen up on the ride home. But in the last week she hasn’t had that happen. I think that’s pretty amazing!
My small aches and pains (shoulders and lower back) have also improved.
I really just love this therapy so it’s a big YAY for me!
And if working out in 125 degrees doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are other ways to get all the benefits of the infrared light. Check out Novaa Lab here for their products.
For a healthier you!
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