"What I have found is that my patients that have had the far infrared therapy seem to over the next few days have a lot less pain and the healing time is decreased. A typical injury that might last two weeks is lasting only a week."
Dr. Corey Hewko----Medical Research and Development Division
Injuries and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy:
Far Infrared Saunas have gained tremendous respect and renown among weekend cyclists, marathoners, weekend warriors and professional athletes alike. Far infrared sauna therapy has the unique ability to speed up and improve the healing process of many injuries, including joint and muscle pain, back pain, scarring, colds and flus as well as a host of other conditions. Far infrared sauna therapy penetrates the skin up to two inches to allow increased blood flow and vasodilation. During the sub-acute stage, far infrared sauna therapy permits a new growth of connective tissue and capillaries that help repair the damaged structures. Scar tissue also continues to grow during this time but can be minimized by the use of far infrared saunas. FIRT helps promote rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Far infrared sauna therapy also expands capillaries which stimulate increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation. The chronic stage follows in which scar tissue is remodeled by the stresses placed on it. During this stage the deep heat of far infrared sauna therapy helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. All in all, Far Infrared sauna therapy is an excellent addition to any muscle and joint rehabilitation program. Amongst its benefits is also a reduced downtime caused by colds and flus, contributed to its strengthening effect on the immune system. Please visit the Immune System section for more information.