Bursitis Sauna Therapy

Regular bursitis sauna therapy is effective in reducing chronic pain.

Benefits of sauna for bursitis

Increased blood circulation

As your body sweats more to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood to boost circulation. The fresh blood then rushes to / from all the tissues in your body, increasing healing by:

  • Influx of oxygen and nutrients
  • Influx of white blood cells - body’s natural healing agents
  • Metabolic rate boost

Improved immune system

The effect of bursitis sauna therapy on your body is that it raises your body temperature, effectively inducing an artificial fever and so:

  • Kills viruses and bacteria that might make you ill.
  • Cleanses your body from by-products by sweating.
  • Increases your overall health and resistance to disease.

Detox

Bursitis sauna treatment helps to:

  • Open up the pores and stimulate sweat glands of the body to eliminate built-up toxins and wastes through sweat
  • Release acidity in the body

As a result:

  • Inflammation is reduced
  • Pressure on joints is minimized

Pain relief

Bursitis sauna treatment is very effective in pain relief, which is attributed to a temporary increase in:

  • Release of natural body's anti-inflammatories: coritsol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, growth hormones
  • Release of natural body's pain-killers: endorphins
  • Dilation of peripheral blood vessels bringing relief and healing to damaged soft tissues

Relaxation

Bursitis sauna therapy offers fast-tracked way to relaxation, reduced stress, tension, fatigue, soothing agitated nerves and knotted muscles:

  • You'll feel rejuvenated and so better equipped to deal with the bursitis pain on day to day basis.
  • Your muscles will feel relaxed and you will be experience wider range of motion in joints as a result of the tissues being warmed up in the sauna. This also decreases risk of further damage of the tissues.

Decreased Edema

Bursitis sauna therapy may also reduce edema, with almost immediate effect.

Edema is the fluid retention in an area commonly associated with swelling that had resulted from bursitis or tendonitis.

Sauna treatment is used in physical therapy offices around the globe because they can provide better treatment if the body is relaxed and has greater range of mobility.

Types of Sauna

Despite of the general perception that the 2,000 years old tradition of saunas (also known as sweat baths) came from Finland (where it is an important part of local culture even to this day), they in fact originated with native populations in Europe, Asia as well as America (North and South), each of them developing their own unique characteristics.

All types of saunas use heat therapeutically, but they do it in different ways. Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference.

Dry Sauna

In a traditional dry sauna, the room is made from wood and is heated to about 150 to 195 (F) degrees.

The room can be controlled by sparingly sprinkling water on the rocks in the heater or stove. Often, the water is mixed with essential oils (e.g. eucalyptus for muscle pain relief and antiseptic properties or lavender for relaxation).

Steam Sauna

A steam room is maintained at a much lower temperature than the traditional dry sauna, usually about 110 to 120 (F). At the same time, the humidity is kept very high - usually as high as 100%. Hence, it is more of a Turkish style bath rather than a sauna.

The cooler temperature makes steam rooms more bearable for some people, and also helps people suffering from breathing conditions.

The steam room is made from water proof materials such as ceramic tile, stone or glass. The steam is created by a steam generator.

InfraRed Sauna

One of the most modern types of sauna is the infrared sauna. Well, it is more like a heat therapy room than a typical sauna.

The infrared sauna works by heating objects in the room directly rather than the air. The infrared light penetrates the skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons with warmth, much like sunlight. There is no water involved.

Some people prefer infrared sweat bath saunas, because:

  • More comfort without the extreme heat of dry/steam sauna.
  • Ability to remain in infrared sauna longer and so sweat more.
  • Infrared lamps also emit a small amount of red, orange and yellow visible light, providing stimulating color therapy.


In addition to those saunas mentioned above, the other types include

  • hammam (proper scrub included!) from Turkey
  • sweat lodge of North American natives
  • temascal in Latin America
  • sentoo and o-furo in Japan
  • bania in Russia

Caution

When using sauna, please be wary of:

  • Other medical conditions

Seek your doctor's approval to use sauna if you suffer from heart problems, diabetes or other serious conditions.


  • Interference

The extreme body heat in the sauna can interfere with healing. Do not use sauna if you have:

  • Acute (first couple of days usually) bursitis, tendonitis, sprains
  • Broken bones

Heat can affect various medications, such as:

  • Laxatives and diuretics
  • Blood pressure medicine
  • Allergy medicine

Sauna heat can also trigger the release of any residual medication still in the system - e.g. antibiotics or sedatives.


  • Dehydration

Like any activity that causes the body to sweat, sauna can cause dehydration if you don't replenish the fluids in your body. To avoid dehydration, drink water before, during and after your sauna session. No caffeine or alcohol, please.


  • Overheating

To avoid overheating, never stay in the sauna for too long.

Signs of overheating include headache, nausea, dizziness and increased heart rate. If you feel any of these symptoms, leave the sauna room immediately and find a cool place to rest.


  • Hygiene

Use a towel as a barrier between your skin and the sauna bench.



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