The use of infrared saunas is an alternative therapy method that can enhance your chiropractic treatment plan. Infrared saunas are now available at our St. Petersburg center to help patients feel better from the inside out.
What Is an Infrared Sauna?
An infrared sauna is similar to a typical, dry sauna in that it heats the body. However, infrared saunas are unique because they use infrared light as the source of heat, and infrared light creates a lower air temperature (typically 120℉) than that of a typical sauna (typically 180℉). Patients can therefore remain in an infrared sauna for longer periods of time, slowly heating the body with the full spectrum of infrared light.
By using the full spectrum of infrared light, infrared saunas provide layers of healing benefits. The range of wavelengths in an infrared sauna (near, mid, and far) target different areas of the body, creating a comprehensive treatment that can help all types of patients achieve less pain.
The Benefits of the Infrared Spectrum
Different wavelengths of infrared light offer varying health benefits:
- Near-infrared wavelengths are effective in the treatment of skin concerns. These wavelengths can improve the skin’s elasticity and tone.
- Mid-infrared wavelengths boost circulation in the body. This effect often continues even after you’ve stepped out of the infrared booth. Improved circulation can help lower inflammation in the body to speed up the healing process.
- Far-infrared wavelengths increase your overall body temperature, causing you to sweat out harmful toxins, including pollutants in the air we breathe. This can have many benefits on your overall wellbeing, including increased metabolism, better mood, lower blood pressure, and less muscle tension.
As an added benefit, infrared saunas can support weight loss efforts by helping you burn more calories. The average patient burns around 200 to 600 calories in a single infrared sauna session. Especially for patients who can’t partake in strenuous exercise for mobility reasons, using an infrared sauna is a great way to boost weight loss.
What to Expect from an Infrared Sauna Treatment
Infrared sauna sessions typically last between 25 and 40 minutes. After your initial consultation, we’ll determine the safest, most beneficial treatment length for your needs. The first infrared sauna session is typically shorter than usual so that we can check your tolerance to heat. Additionally, infrared saunas have preprogrammed settings to boost the effectiveness of each treatment session. We’ll help you find a setting to suit your individual needs and goals.
It’s important to stay as hydrated as possible both before and after an infrared sauna session. This treatment causes you to sweat at a heightened rate, so it’s crucial to replenish your body’s fluid levels.
Infrared saunas can have a large, positive impact on your overall health. Contact us today to learn more about this alternative therapy method.