It’s a well-known fact that regular sauna sessions are going to attribute to better health in a lot of different ways. However, as it turns out, they are also particularly beneficial for fighting off the symptoms of otherwise more severe conditions like arthritis, for instance. Let’s take a closer look at how this works.
Now, in order to study the effects of IR Sauna (Infrared Sauna) in patients with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), 17 RA patients were treated for a period of 4 weeks with a series of different sauna treatments. There were no adverse effects reported and there was no exacerbation of disease. The overall treatment was perfectly tolerated on behalf of the patients. The pain, as well as the stiffness caused by the condition was decreased dramatically and the improvements were reported to be definitively significant. The fatigue was also decreased.
The patients felt particularly comfortable during the treatment and even more so after it. The RA patients with fatigue, stiffness and pain showed significant improvements throughout the 4 week periods. However, there were no statistically significant long-term effects once treatment was stopped completely, rendering the treatment unable to cure the disease.
Things to Consider
While regular sauna sessions are not going to, by any means, completely cure your Rheumatoid Arthritis, they are going to significantly reduce the negative effects of the symptoms. You can expect alleviation and an ease in the pain, fatigue, stiffness and everything that’s associated with it. You will feel the overall beneficial effect after sauna sessions, but you wouldn’t be able to experience any significant long-term results, should the sessions discontinue for more than a short period.
Now, it’s also worth noting that regular sauna sessions are also going to attribute to the overall health improvement of your body. Saunas are a well-known for fighting off a wide range of different conditions and infections. Furthermore, you can combine the sauna sessions with aromatherapy for an increased feeling of comfort and there are a many different essential oils which are also helpful when it comes to rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s highly advisable to be very careful when it comes to the length of your sauna sessions. Even though they can be very helpful and overly beneficial, it is important to be particularly cautious because the high temperatures can reflect negatively on your heart. It is advisable that you don’t stay in a sauna for more than 20-30 minutes at an approximate 60 degrees Celsius IR sauna.