Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects various joints throughout the body (autoimmune illness are illnesses where the white blood cells, known as the “guardians of the immune system” misinterpret the nerve centers as foreign bodies and a threat, thus attacking them in order to “cure” the body – it’s an illness in which your own body creates and brings about deteriorating due to bad inner management of the immune system).
While not lethal, arthritis is a serious illness which mostly affects elderly people but not exclusively. Due to its effects, it can seriously lower the quality of life of those who suffer from it and in worst case scenarios, even make them not capable of fulfilling basic daily activities such as cooking a meal, getting dressed, being functional in a working environment and so forth. It needs not to be forgotten that as an autoimmune illness, it causes great pain to the sufferers. By modern standards of being human, is not acceptable as everyone is by birth, “qualified” for a certain quality of life.
Arthritis cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be put into a regression with treatment.
The treatment can either be standard medicine (such as using painkillers to ease the pain) as well as holistic treatment (such as using a sauna).
It is fairly well known that holistic methods, compared to the methods of standard medicine have very little or even no adverse effects, this whenever possible, is the preferred method of treatment.
In most cases, due to the severity of the illness, people who suffer from arthritis are forced to use both the standard medicine and the holistic methods together to ease their pain and improve their quality of life.
People who have utilized sauna treatments have reported, and it has been medically proven, that after the sauna session their illness goes into temporary regression. Here we will discuss why.
How It Works
While using a sauna, the body reacts to the heat by producing hormones, such as noradrenaline, adrenaline, cortisol and so forth which all function as an anti-inflammatory (or in simplified terms, they ease the swelling of the joints caused by the illness thus putting the symptoms in regression). This regression of the pain causes the body to experience lower amounts of stress which then leads to the body producing a hormone called endorphins, which is known as the hormone “of joy” and the body’s natural painkiller.
Statistically speaking, over 90% of the people who suffer arthritis after a sauna treatment stated that they had elevated mobility due to loosening of the joints (due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the treatment) and also experienced an ease in the pain which their illness causes. It is also notable to say that due to the sweating caused by the sauna, people who practice going to the sauna and take medication to cope with their illness experience a cleansing process in which with their sweat – exert the toxic compounds of the medication they take, thus having less adverse effects of it.
Types Of Sauna
The most modern type of sauna is the infrared sauna – compared to standard sauna, which heats the body with traditional heaters to cause a healing process, an infrared sauna uses infrared heaters that emit infrared light which is absorbed on the surface of the skin, which more intensively focus on the process of easing the symptoms of the illness.
Compared to a traditional sauna, infrared saunas ease up the symptoms more intensively due to the penetrating infrared. People who have used infrared saunas also reported that the healing effects were longer lasting and with prolonged use, some reported that some of the symptoms were “greatly reduced”.
It has been reported that an infrared sauna has no adverse, although due to the heat inside, many people will shed an amount of weight be it desirable or not (mostly water weight, but some fat tissue as well). While the water weight can be regained by increased intake of water, the weight loss may be an issue for those not looking to lose any and might need to adjust for this. (The loss of weight might matter to elderly people who are struggling to maintain mass in order to be more healthy).
All in all, it is safe to say that infrared saunas are scientifically proven to be efficient and effective in treating the symptoms of arthritis.
Article by Jon Reyes, a guest writer from Steam Shower Store. Jon is a specialist writer and has extensive knowledge in everything related to steam showers, saunas, and hydrotherapy benefits.