If you read my last article on using Far Infrared Portable Saunas as a means to combat your body aging, then you may already see where I'm going with this. But let's summarize real quick for those of you who are new.
Last time I wrote about how the human body at the tissue level is made up of proteins which happen to be polymers. And polymers can be heat treated to remove defects, soften the tissues and repair damaged material. Since human tissue is a polymer then human tissue can also be heat treated using Far Infrared Portable Saunas to repair damaged tissues, imperfections, and soften the tissues, which restores them to a more natural and healthy state. For more info please take a look at the links at the end of this article.
Well if you're familiar with Arthritis then you probably know that there are tons of different types, but mostly they all involve damaged cartilage and tissues in the joints, along with inflammation and severe pain. The inflammation comes from the damaged fiber particles from the joints blocking fluid movement in the joint. This causes swelling (inflammation) and heat in the joint from the fluid friction caused by the blocked passages. Between the swelling, pressure and damaged tissues there is considerable pain. There are all types of treatments, including drugs, dietary, physical therapy and more. But none of these treatments help repair the damaged tissues or cure the Arthritis. They mainly deal with helping reduce the pain and the inflammation or in the case of dietary treatments, reducing the weight placed on the joints in order to lessen the damage being caused. Physical therapy is highly recommended as it helps increase the joint tissues strength and flexibility while stimulating your body's metabolism and its natural defenses.
What You need to know is that since the tissues are hardening and defects are being created due to the damage being done the use of heat via a Far Infrared Portable Sauna can help anneal the damaged joint tissues. This will help soften the tissues, increase the strengthening caused by physical therapy, help remove defects and lessen the effects of Arthritis on the victim.
I will advise caution in one area though, if you use a Far Infrared Portable Sauna to help as an Arthritis Treatment you need to be careful of the inflammation as the sauna heat may make it worse during an episode of bad swelling. Typically I would recommend a cold ice pack to bring down the swelling in a soft tissue injury but since the damage is in the joints cartilage, heat may help as it will expand the fluid passages in your joints. But if you try the heat during a bad case of inflammation and it seems to make it worse, then stop and try a cold treatment. The Far Infrared Sauna is probably most beneficial if used when there's little or no inflammation so that it doesn't make the inflammation worse. The Far Infrared Portable sauna should be able to help repair the damaged joint tissues and increase your flexibility and reduce the affects of Arthritis in the joint by annealing the polymers that make up your bodies tissues.
Since physical therapy is so highly recommended I would suggest that you use the Far Infrared Portable Sauna as a quick warm up of your muscles as it only takes 5 minutes to come up to temperature. Just turn your sauna on and sit in it for 10 minutes to warm yourself up prior to physical therapy. Then when your exercises are done get back in and cook for 20 minutes then turn off the Far Infrared Portable Sauna and just relax in it for 15 minutes while your body slowly cools down. Then don't take a cold shower, but a warm shower would be fine. Cooling down to room temperature slowly is very important because during the cool down is when the polymer molecules are reforming, and a slow gradual cool down lets them do it without defects.
Hot packs are not an effective means of putting heat into a joint, they are slow and the heat doesn't penetrate well as the heat is only transmitted via conduction. Heat by conduction alone creates a heat gradient in the tissue, which means un-even heating as the heat isn't the same at all levels of the tissue. The heat that does manage to penetrate is so low that it's not effective and if you got the heat source hot enough to be affective then the outside heat may damage the skin. It just isn't a good way to get heat where you want it.
But a Far Infrared Portable Sauna is affordable, easy to use and most importantly the infrared rays emitted by the sauna will penetrate your body and be absorbed evenly within the joint tissues at a mild temperature that won't damage your tissues. Also, you'll be helping treat the other tissues of your body that a normal heat pad wouldn't touch. Don't forget your bodies a complete system, if you suffer from Arthritis in one area of your body then other areas are susceptible. At the very least the Arthritis pain you're currently dealing with is producing toxins that aren't helping your body. Relaxing in a Far Infrared Portable Sauna is a method to help combat the additional stresses placed on the body to help prevent Arthritis spreading to other joints.
In conclusion remember that a Far Infrared Portable Sauna is an emerging method for applying heat therapy for people who suffer from Arthritis. Heat therapy has been recommended by Doctors for years now there's an effective way to get the heat to the tissues that need it.