Pain Relief - Infrared Sauna Benefits  

Natural Pain Relief with Infrared Sauna Therapy

Infrared saunas provide pain relief by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding the flow of oxygen. The infrared warmth prevents muscle spasms by minimizing soreness at nerve endings and helps the body repair itself naturally.

Thanks to documented relief from sports trauma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain disorders, doctors have prescribed infrared sauna therapy for years.

Infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal. - Dr. Jeffrey Spencer–University of Southern California

Find Your Personal Pain Relief

Many different ailments have been improved with the pain management therapy of infrared saunas.

Below are just some of the criteria for effective use of infrared sauna therapy for pain relief.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Those suffering from PAD may experience severe leg pain caused to the lower legs by reduced blood flow and oxygen, which may get worse by walking. But Japanese researchers found that 15-minute day infrared sauna sessions significantly reduced pain, and patients were able to walk twice as far without pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Those with autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis often struggle with heavy side effects pain management. Yet pain relief can be achieved without negative results with sauna therapy. A study showed that while all patients with these conditions felt significantly better in the sauna, and at the end of the study, those with rheumatoid arthritis reported pain and exhaustion changes while not in the sauna.


Fibromyalgia causes pain all over the body, with different sensitivity areas. Research have shown that not only does the infrared sauna usage aid with natural pain relief during therapy, but the discomfort was still significantly lower even months after the end of sauna treatment.

Emotional pain

In our society, physical pain is often given far more attention than emotional pain. But physicians have started to understand the true physical effects of psychological problems. Infrared sauna therapy is also effective for the suffering that cannot be seen. Researchers also found that patients had a significantly lower level of anger relative to those not in the sauna community in the same sample of chronic pain patients.


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  3. Lidija Kandolf-Sekulovic, Milena Kataranovski, Milos D. Pavlovic. Immunomodulatory Effects of Low-Intensity Near-Infrared Laser Irradiation on Contact Hypersensitivity Reaction. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2003; 19: pp 203–212, Blackwell Munksgaard.

  4. UHN Staff. “New Hope for Chronic Pain Sufferers: Infrared Sauna Therapy Shows Impressive Pain-Reducing Results.” University Health News, Accessed 7 January 2017.

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