Regular bursitis sauna therapy is effective in reducing chronic pain.
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:
The effect of bursitis sauna therapy on your body is that it raises your body temperature, effectively inducing an artificial fever and so:
Bursitis sauna treatment helps to:
As a result:
Bursitis sauna treatment is very effective in pain relief, which is attributed to a temporary increase in:
Bursitis sauna therapy offers fast-tracked way to relaxation, reduced stress, tension, fatigue, soothing agitated nerves and knotted muscles:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
In addition to those saunas mentioned above, the other types include
When using sauna, please be wary of:
Seek your doctor's approval to use sauna if you suffer from heart problems, diabetes or other serious conditions.
The extreme body heat in the sauna can interfere with healing. Do not use sauna if you have:
Heat can affect various medications, such as:
Sauna heat can also trigger the release of any residual medication still in the system - e.g. antibiotics or sedatives.
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.
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.
Use a towel as a barrier between your skin and the sauna bench.