Saunas & Arthritis: Use Heat to Relieve Pain, Increase Mobility & Feel Better Now
It’s no secret: a sauna’s heat can reduce pain and enhance well-being for arthritis sufferers.
Can a sauna cure arthritis? No. We’re not claiming that! But the heat of a sauna does ease pain, increase mobility, and enhance feelings of well-being when used with a range of other treatments including diet, exercise and medication.
Arthritis is the No. 1 cause of disability in the United States, and the men, women and children who suffer from it deserve the maximum relief possible. And, we feel, with the least medication possible.
In a report submitted to The Annals of Clinical Research Volume 20 in 1988, Dr. H. Isomäki discussed research results related to the benefits of sauna bathing for temporary relief of pain and increased mobility. In the study, pain relief was attributed to a temporary increase in the release of nor adrenaline, adrenaline, coritsol and growth hormones (all of which have anti-inflammatory properties), as well as, an increased stress on the body, which releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Of those studied, more than 50% of participants reported temporary relief of pain and an increase in mobility. Mobility was increased since tissues largely comprised of collagen (tendons, fasciae, and articular capsules) become more flexible when exposed to increased temperatures.
Some people think that the increased blood circulation stimulated by heat also may loosen and remove mineral deposits from joints where they may have accumulated because of more sluggish blood flow although this has not been studied scientifically.
The heat also may help the body flush out toxins, including those in the pain-killing medications that many arthritis sufferers must use.
Here’s the bottom line on using a sauna to treat your arthritis:
Feeling better triggers an upward spiral – you become more active in the things you enjoy,which increase your sense of well-being, which encourages you to become more active.
Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Take a tip from a Finnleo sauna owner: “I am now 84 years old and have taken a daily morning sauna for decades,” one customer told Finnleo. “I use it to loosen up stiff joints before starting my day. Saunas have dramatically improved my quality of life and have allowed me to stay active much more than I would have without my daily sauna.”