Fibromyalgia Relief and your Infrared Sauna
The Alternative Medicine Guide to Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness states that “post-traumatic fibromyalgia is believed to develop after a fall, whiplash or back strain, whereas primary fibromyalgia has an uncertain origin.” However, in her book Detoxify or Die, Dr. Sherry A. Rogers suggests pesticides, silicone from breast implants, mercury poisoning, and the “leakage of putrid intestinal metabolic products into body tissues” as possible causes of fibromyalgia. Although theorists may not concur on the causes of fibromyalgia, there is some consensus among doctors that patients with fibromyalgia can benefit from a combination of mild exercise, heat therapy, and relaxation, all of which can be achieved by using a far infrared sauna.
In her book The Holistic Handbook of Sauna Therapy, Dr. Nenah Sylver extols the sauna for its ability to increase cardiovascular activity and white blood cell, enzyme, and norepinephrine, beta-endorphin and possibly thyroxin production. As they, in turn, help to enhance circulation, increase waste removal and nutrient absorption, raise metabolism, and promote the elimination of toxins, foreign proteins and microbes, Dr. Sylver deems the aforementioned benefits of proper sauna use crucial in helping people with fibromyalgia. She notes “there are actually very few health problems that cannot be helped (or would become worse) with sauna therapy” but advises patients nevertheless to consult with their health providers before beginning sauna therapy. Dr. Rogers and other health professionals insist that the far infrared sauna, radiant heat sauna or heat therapy room is of greater benefit to fibromyalgia sufferers than the traditional hot Finnish sauna because of a fundamental difference between the two styles of sauna. Rogers calls the far infrared sauna “infinitely more tolerable,” particularly for people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or multiple sclerosis, because it can function effectively at a much lower temperature than a conventional Finnish sauna. “I’m convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone should do to restore health,” declares Dr. Rogers. “It can do what no medication can do – reverse disease.
Far Infrared Sessions are one of the fastest growing alternative treatments. The bodies energy returns with cellular purification. Fibromyalgia sufferers are universally found to be malnourished, have lowered immune function, have one or more viral, fungal, bacterial infections (again almost always non detectable by orthodox means), and cannot detoxify their heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead, aluminum etc. Therefore, Far-Infrared Therapy provides a safe, natural form of detoxification which is so very crucial for fibromyalgia patients.
Efficacy of Waon therapy for fibromyalgia.
Matsushita K, Masuda A, Tei C.
The First Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima University Hospital.
OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic syndrome characterized by widespread pain with tenderness in specific areas. We examined the applicability of Waon therapy (soothing warmth therapy) as a new method of pain treatment in patients with FMS. METHODS: Thirteen female FMS patients (mean age, 45.2+/-15.5 years old; range, 25-75) who fulfilled the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology participated in this study. Patients received Waon therapy once per day for 2 or 5 days/week. The patients were placed in the supine or sitting position in a far infrared-ray dry sauna maintained at an even temperature of 60 degrees C for 15 minutes, and then transferred to a room maintained at 26-27 degrees C where they were covered with a blanket from the neck down to keep them warm for 30 minutes. Reductions in subjective pain and symptoms were determined using the pain visual analog scale (VAS) and fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ). RESULTS: All patients experienced a significant reduction in pain by about half after the first session of Waon therapy (11-70%), and the effect of Waon therapy became stable (20-78%) after 10 treatments. Pain VAS and FIQ symptom scores were significantly (p<0.01) decreased after Waon therapy and remained low throughout the observation period. CONCLUSION: Waon therapy is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome.
PMID: 18703857 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE