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Infrared Sauna Therapy: Alleviates the Pain of Arthritis

Infrared Sauna Therapy: Alleviates the Pain of Arthritis

Arthritis is the most common condition that affects the joints, causing pain and leading to reduced mobility. 

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is more than just wear and tear or an old person’s disease.

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. 

People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in the UK. 

Infrared Sauna Therapy: Alleviates the Pain of Arthritis

In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children.

It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. 

They may stay about the same for years but can progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. 

Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.


Types of Arthritis

1. Degenerative Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. When the cartilage – the slick, cushioning surface on the ends of bones – wears away, bone rubs against bone, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. 

Over time, joints can lose strength and pain may become chronic. Risk factors include excess weight, family history, age and previous injury (i.e., an anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL tear). 

degenerative arthritis

Regular physical activity, hot and cold therapies, over-the-counter pain relievers and assistive devices are commonly used to help manage mild to moderate osteoarthritis symptoms. 

If joint symptoms are severe, causing limited mobility and affecting quality of life, joint replacement may be necessary. Osteoarthritis may be prevented by staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding injury and repetitive movements. 


2. Inflammatory Arthritis

A healthy immune system is protective. It generates internal inflammation to get rid of infection and prevent disease. But with inflammatory types of arthritis, the immune system doesn’t work properly and mistakenly attacks the joints with uncontrolled inflammation, potentially causing joint erosion. 

Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammation can also damage internal organs, eyes and other parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout are examples of inflammatory arthritis. 

Researchers believe that a combination of genetics and environmental factors can trigger autoimmunity. Smoking is an example of an environmental risk factor that can trigger rheumatoid arthritis in people with certain genes.

With autoimmune and inflammatory types of arthritis, early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is critical. Slowing disease activity can help minimize or even prevent permanent joint damage. 

Remission (little to no disease activity) is the goal and may be achieved by using one or more medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). 

Other treatment goals include reducing pain, improving function and preventing further joint damage.


3. Infectious Arthritis

A bacterium, virus or fungus can enter the joint and trigger inflammation. 

Infectious Arthritis

Examples of organisms that can infect joints are salmonella and shigella (food poisoning or contamination), chlamydia and gonorrhea (sexually transmitted diseases) and hepatitis C (a blood-to-blood infection, often through shared needles or transfusions). 

In many cases, timely treatment with antibiotics may clear the joint infection, but sometimes the arthritis becomes chronic.


4. Metabolic Arthritis

Uric acid is formed as the body breaks down purines, a substance found in human cells and in many foods. 

Some people have high levels of uric acid because they naturally produce more than is needed or the body can’t get rid of it quickly enough. In some people, uric acid builds up and forms needle-like crystals in the joint, resulting in sudden spikes of extreme joint pain, or a gout attack. 

Gout can come and go in episodes or, if uric acid levels aren’t reduced, can become chronic, causing ongoing pain and disability.

Metabolic Arthritis

There are methods to manage and contain the pain of arthritic conditions. Knowing what works best can be difficult to find out due to the complex nature of bone structures and the progression path of arthritis, but we certainly know where the pain is!

It’s hard to decide which of the myriad therapies and supplements might work best when embarking on something new. 

Infrared sauna therapy is a serious option becoming more popular amongst arthritis pain sufferers. 

People talk highly of the pain reduction qualities of infrared sauna therapy, and studies have shown how infrared heat therapy can reduce the inflammation associated with the majority of arthritic conditions.


Infrared Heat Can Heal and Reduces Pain in Arthritis

Infrared Heat Can Heal and Reduces Pain in Arthritis

An Infrared sauna is all about the heating technology. The angles of heat penetration have to be right to alleviate the pain effectively.

Infrared heaters must cover every angle of your body, front, back, sides under legs, and behind the calf muscles. It's all about Omni-penetration. Read more about OmniWave penetration and why it is a big deal.

Health Mate® created the world’s first infrared sauna in 1979 and has proven to be one of the best ways to alleviate pain caused by arthritis. It provides a safe, effective way to get relief from joint inflammation associated with the process of arthritis. 

Infrared heat penetrates much deeper into your muscles and joints, loosening them up and relieving stiffness, reducing swelling in the area affected by arthritis and injury.


Rheumatoid Arthritis

In the UK, rheumatoid arthritis has affected more than 400,000 people. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is experienced mostly between the ages of 40 to 50. Women are more likely to be affected by rheumatoid arthritis than men.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects your immune system and targets your joints, leading to pain and swelling. 

 Rheumatoid Arthritis

First, the synovium or the outer covering of your joint is affected and later on spreads across the joint resulting in more swelling and changes the joint's shape causing your cartilage and bones to break down.

Rheumatoid arthritis can develop problems with other tissues and organs in your body.


Robert is one out of an estimated 10 million people that suffer from arthritis in the UK. 

He has tried different medications to cure his arthritis, he says IR sauna therapy has been the most effective and relaxing therapy of all.

After doing lots of research, Robert stumbled upon articles on how IR saunas can reduce the sometimes excruciating pain, and that's when he decided to give it a try.

After a long day at work, he says leaning back into the sauna is what he loves doing the most. 

It relaxes not only his joints but his whole body. He now uses his sauna about four times a week, to alleviate the day-to-day pain.

By increasing your core temperature with infrared therapy, blood moves more effectively into those spaces that are not well-nourished. 

The increase in blood flow provides much-needed nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, which helps with healing and the easing of pain. 

Sauna helps reduce the inflammation which is causing the problem. The circulation helps to relieve muscle tension and increases fluidity within the joints. It helps the muscles that are responding to relax.

Through far infrared sauna therapy,  normal joint function can be restored and pain is greatly reduced.

Research studies have demonstrated that Infratherapy can lessen chronic joint pain.



Osteoarthritis is the more common type of arthritis compared to rheumatoid in the UK, affecting nearly 9 million people.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid have slight similarities because both of them often develop in your mid 40's and older, and affect women more compared to men.

But, it can still occur at any age, especially if you have encountered a recent injury, and it can be associated with other joint-related conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The smooth cartilage lining of your joint is initially affected by osteoarthritis. It makes it difficult to move and leads to more pain and stiffness. 

It can cause swelling and results in the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes. 


Some of the effects for severe loss of cartilage are:

  • Bone rubbing on bone

  • Alters the shape of the joint

Most commonly affected joints:

  • hands

  • spine

  • knees

  • hips


Natural and Drug-Free Way

Infrared sauna therapy is a good option as a way to alleviate your arthritis pain without having to take medication or go through painful surgery.

Natural and Drug-Free Way

Infratherapy heats up your skin cells to produce sweating by exerting its effect on the autonomic nervous system which regulates temperature.

The increased blood flow due to this process helps reduce swelling and stiffness as well as ease joint pain caused by arthritis and other conditions such as gout, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Infrared saunas, or far-infrared saunas as they are sometimes called, have an array of benefits that make them the best choice for those suffering from joint pain.

The warmth from Health Mate®s Tecoloy heaters penetrates deeper into your muscles and joints without heating the surrounding area as traditional or Finnish saunas do. 

Dehydration may occur when someone uses it for too long, so make sure you drink lots of fluids before and during your session.


Get Started With Infrared Sauna Treatment In Your Home 

You can enjoy infrared sauna treatment in your home with a sauna cabin that is easily assembled and installed.

Health Mate® infrared sauna can be installed at home easily, and it only takes two people to complete the installation safely.

Just one session will leave you feeling refreshed. Infrared sauna treatment is great for those who want to reap all the benefits that come from this kind of treatment without having to go to the gym or health centre.

 Get Started With Infrared Sauna Treatment In Your Home

Though there are no negative side effects of using it, people with a lung condition, heart condition, and women that are going through pregnancy are advised that consulting with your doctor's is necessary before trying out an infrared sauna for the first time.

Some people indeed experience mild dehydration and dizziness after using, but this can be avoided by following a few simple guidelines.

  • Don't drink alcohol before going into the sauna or take medication that may interact with the heat treatment.

  • If you're pregnant or have any health conditions, please consult a doctor first.



Infrared sauna therapy is a natural and powerful way to alleviate the pain of arthritis.

It has become known as one of the most effective ways to relieve joint pain due to its ability to increase blood circulation throughout the body and reduce inflammation.

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