Infrared Sauna Therapy for Hip Pain
Infrared therapy is a relatively new and innovative method to treat pain, inflammation, and muscle fatigue in all parts of the human body.
Unlike ultraviolet light, which can damage your skin cells, infrared enhances cell regeneration so that you'll heal faster than ever before without any side effects like sunburns and skin irritations
Technologies like infrared sauna, have helped scientists uncover methods to provide relief from inflammatory conditions with minimal risk or adverse reaction.
This applies to even sensitive areas such as tendons, bone joints and the healing tissue of previous surgical incisions.
Causes Of Hip Pain
Hip pain is the most common cause of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, especially among adults of a senior age. When your cartilage wears down due to joint inflammation, it can be excruciatingly painful.
If you have arthritis, your hip will be in pain and often quite stiff, inhibiting free movement.
Activities that include repetition can put a lot of stress on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other supportive structures that help keep everything in place, especially the hips.
Bursae are liquid-filled sacs that can cause a lot of pain when inflamed.
This condition often results in inflammation which causes discomforting symptoms such as swelling around the affected areas and joint stiffness.
When you overwork your joints, inflammation often ensues. Inflammation of the bursae is usually due to repetitive activities that irritate and overwork your hip joint.
Tendons are the cords that connect muscle fibres and groups to bone. They're like stringy, sinuous rope connecting bone structures and carry tension from one area to another.
Tendonitis is when these ropes become inflamed or irritated due to repeated stress by overuse in our daily lives, such as typing on a computer all day for work at an office job (or scrolling!). Physical work is the main culprit for severe tendonitis
This happens when blood flow to the hip bone slows, and dead tissue begins to form on that particular region of the body.
It usually happens after trauma or high-dose steroid use but can also happen from long-term conditions like fissure fractures or with the dislocation of the hips.
AVN occurs due to a lack of oxygen circulating to the bones leading to bone tissue dying which causes more pain than usual because of the reduced ability to heal.
Tumors can cause bone pain that spreads to other bones.
Knees, hips, and arms have been known to hurt near the tumor's location due to a decrease in blood flow or an increase in pressure from fluid around the area.
With age, the body's ability to absorb this nutrient decreases. It leads to weakened and brittle bones that can break more easily when you fall or sustain pressure during everyday activity.
Hip Labral Tear
The labrum is like an elastic band around the rim of your socket, which keeps everything fit tightly together, so they don't slip out when you move with walking or daily chores.
As we age its ability to hold things tight starts wearing down because there's just too much wear-and-tear.
The most common risk factor for developing this painful condition is repetitive twisting movements, so anything that involves these types of motions should be approached with extreme caution.
When to take further action:
If a fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
Your joint looks deformed or is bleeding.
The hip pain came on suddenly.
You can't move your leg or hip.
You heard a popping noise in the joint when you injured it.
The pain is intense.
You can't put any weight on your hip.
Hip Pain Relief
Infrared heat gets through the skin, much deeper than traditional sauna. Even if you have subcutaneous tissue, the heat is still going to get through to the joints and the muscle.
The muscle is warmed, increasing circulation. The knots in your upper trapezius or the mid-back are taken away.
The heat takes away the pain. It is not an aggressive heat, it's a very gentle, soothing heat.
We recommend using infrared heat therapy longer than 15 minutes if you're trying to heal or get a lot of blood flow to a specific area, especially if you have muscle injuries.
Factors For Hip Pain
Hip problems can be really painful and even lead to surgery.
Serious injuries, such as fractures or dislocations of the hip joint, are often caused by accidents like falls or sports-related incidents that could result in a condition called avascular necrosis, mentioned earlier.
As a result, the surrounding cartilage begins to deteriorate. This causes pain and other symptoms that make it impossible for you to walk without using a cane or wheelchair.
Aches in your hips can be a common side effect of age or an injury.
No matter what the cause, far or full spectrum therapy helps you find relief from soreness and pain that lasts for hours after.
What Is Infrared Heat/Sauna Therapy?
Far Infrared (FIR) saunas are a safe and effective way to heal the body. They emit healing heat that penetrates your skin, warming you up without increasing air temperature in between.
It is great for people with hip conditions or respiratory issues or those who don't want to get overheated while trying to relax their muscles in a conventional sauna.
Far Infrared light waves are perceived as heat - and this warms up the the body directly, it causes a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where toxins reside.
The pulsating of resonating water molecules causes an increase of core temperatures of the mobilising lymphatic system - this helps to dilate capillaries, reduces acidity facilitating removal of toxic substances from our bodies.
It increases pH levels within you by reducing acids that naturally exist inside metabolisms.
Far and full spectrum Infrared heat safely provides all the health benefits of natural sunlight without any harmful side effects like ultraviolet rays that are associated with tanning and skin cancer.
How Infratherapy Treats Hip Pain (Osteoarthritis)
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.
Symptoms include pain in one or more joints, stiffness after sitting down for a long time, swelling, tenderness. Joints can create sounds when in motion too, such as clicking or crunching sounds when muscles tighten around an arthritic joint.
One of the most effective treatment methods for osteoarthritis is heat shock therapy.
It is why infrared sauna therapy has been proven to reduce symptoms by increasing blood circulation with oxygen-rich blood.
The heat and increased circulation that come with a sauna session can help to increase collagen, and tissue elasticity.
The high heat absorption also helps reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve mobility in joints due to a reduction in muscle spasms.
When heat is applied to your joints and connective tissues, they will stiffen up less, becoming more elastic over time as a result.