How Infrared Can Help Chronic Pain

Infrared for Pain


Infrared saunas use infrared light to penetrate your body’s skin barrier to raise your core temperature. This is different from a traditional sauna that has to heat the air before it actually heats you. Because of these differences, infrared sauna's get less hot, allowing you to spend more time inside reaping the benefits.

The Infrared spectrum consists of three different wavelengths – each with their own healing capabilities. Near infrared (NIR) penetrates more on a surface level, and is fighting against signs of aging and helping to heal wounds. Mid infrared (MIR) goes a little deeper to help reduce inflammation and chronic pain. While far infrared (FIR) goes the deepest into the body to help with chronic pain as well as draw out toxins. I always recommend Sunlighten to anyone looking for an infrared sauna as they are the only brand to offer three separate heating elements to deliver all three at peak wavelengths.  The mPulse line has preset wellness programs, including one for pain relief.

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Chronic pain can originate from many different factors including hormone imbalances, lack of sleep, over-exercise, an overload of toxins, or underlying gut dysfunctions. Regardless of where your pain originates from, infrared saunas have been scientifically proven to help reduce common pain that is associated with various health problems.

1. Inflammation

Inflammation is the thorn-in-the-side of almost all modern-day health problems including autoimmune conditions, heart disease, and cancer. Infrared saunas work to stimulate circulation to bring down inflammation throughout the whole body. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with one of these inflammation-spectrum conditions, athletes or anyone who works out regularly, can benefit from infrared sauna use to reduce muscle inflammation that occurs after each workout. Infrared saunas also have the ability to increase the production of white blood cells which help fight inflammation and calm swelling to alleviate chronic pain.

2. Fibromyalgia

An estimated 6 million Americans are afflicted with this chronic condition that causes fatigue, headaches, and stiffness and pain in muscles, joints, and tendons. A Japanese study showed that after just one infrared sauna session, patients experienced a 70% decrease in their pain levels!

3. Chronic fatigue syndrome

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome one must be experiencing muscle pain and pain in multiple joints without redness or swelling for at least six months. A 2005 study showed that after 15 to 25 sessions, participant’s symptoms such as fatigue and pain were drastically reduced. Even after discontinuing treatment, symptoms either didn’t return or get worse.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is also associated with an overload of toxins in the cells. Infrared sauna's work wonders for detoxing the cells since sweating promotes the secretion of toxins.

4. Arthritis

Research has shown that infrared saunas can reduce pain in people suffering from severe conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Infrared wavelengths promote circulation to help relieve stiff joints and sore muscles.


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