American College of Rheumatology finds Infrared heat therapy alleviates symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Heat therapy including sauna bathing has been proven to alleviate muscle pain and improve the mood of Fibromyalgia patients.
Can Sauna’s Help With Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disorder that is characterized by widespread pain and localized tenderness in different parts of the body. Doctors don’t know what exactly causes fibromyalgia but believe it involves a variety of contributing factors such as genetics, infections and physical or emotional trauma. The Mayo Clinic lists widespread pain, fatigue and cognitive difficulties as the three most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia. It’s become clear to many who know the painful side effects that many over-the-counter pain medications do not help alleviate the symptoms. Though there medications like duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella) these can sometimes not be effective or ideal. Often people with Fibromyalgia hear that the best thing they can do to relieve the pain is to regularly engage in moderate exercise and there’s research to back that up. What many people don’t know is that sauna bathing can also help.
Infrared Therapy and Sauna Bathing
Although the disorder is chronic, research has proved thermal therapy, infrared therapy, and sauna bathing to be beneficial for those suffering from this condition.
Thermal therapy has long been used to alleviate the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Research now shows that regular heat therapy using Infrared light or a sauna can have a very positive effect on this condition, contributing to lower levels of pain and overall higher quality of life for those affected by the disorder. Researchers at the American College of Rheumatology conducted a 12-week-long study where patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia were instructed to do a combination of sauna therapy and underwater exercise. All participants reported significantly lower levels of pain and reduced symptoms in general as a result of the treatment. The reported reductions in pain were as big as 77% and the improvements in the participants' health also remained rather stable even six months later when a follow-up study was done.
There’s Good News for Those With Fibromyalgia
This is exciting news for those with Fibromyalgia. A 78% decrease in reported pain is very good news. Sauna bathing is an activity that goes way back with the traditions use of Europe cultures and elsewhere around the world. People have been returning to the sauna for the health benefits before they had the scientific evidence to back up the positive and very real physiological benefits any sauna anyone feels whenever they use a sauna the right way. Recent innovations in sauna bathing like infrared technology have brought the sauna experience to more audiences than ever before.
Infrared Saunas are now safer than ever. Finnleo’s pure InfraSaunas are a great way to relieve pain and soreness that can come from Fibromyalgia or from everyday activities. With Finnleo’s EvenHeat™ system your body will be rejuvenated and detoxified without worrying about harmful EMR and EF exposure.
If you have questions about the health benefits or general technical questions about anything sauna a Finnleo sauna expert is ready to talk with you! Find a sauna expert here.