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Massage for Lower Back Pain in Vista and San Marcos California

If you suffer from lower back pain and think massage therapy may help. Contact us. We are located in San Marcos, CA and have several clients from nearby Vista and Escondido as well.

Lower back pain is one of the most frequent health issues encountered in a massage session and it’s to be expected.

Lower back pain doesn’t always stem from the lower back. Rather, it can be referred pain from another location in the body. It can be caused by several different muscles and aggravated by many different activities including strains and tension. Fortunately, once the offending muscles are located, massage can usually alleviate the discomfort.

If your medical professional recommends surgery for chronic lower back pain, you might try a massage instead. It won’t exacerbate matters and it may save you from a very invasive procedure.

Muscles which could cause back pain

Quadratus Lumborum
The quadratus lumborum, or QL, muscle provides structural alignment by connecting your pelvis to your lowest rib. It’s frequently the cause of lower back pain because it’s frequently used for daily activities such as slumping in a chair, lifting while leaning over, or running on uneven ground. Repetitive motions and weakened back muscles can exacerbate the pain as can sitting still for long periods.

If you have a deep ache in your lower back, either unilaterally or bilaterally, the pain is worse when you rise from a seated position, and/or your back is stiff and painful in the morning, you may have issues with your QL. Your massage therapist can massage the QL on the side or sides that are painful and you should see some relief. You’ll need to be in a side-lying position for this type of massage and it usually lasts about 20 minutes per side.

Gluteus Medius
The gluteus medius is one of the three gluteal muscles in the buttocks and is one of the most overworked muscle groups in the body. Whether you’re sitting, standing, sleeping, lying down, or whatever activity you’re engaged in, you’re using your gluteal muscles. Since they usually receive the least attention of all the muscles in the body, it is reasonable to presume that occasionally, they’ll need attention.

Sometimes, a gluteus medius will become inflamed because it’s overworked. This happens often if the QL is not happy because the gluteus medius tries to compensate for the QL.

This is another side-lying technique, but after the massage therapist works on the gluteus medius that is painful, usually for not more than 20 minutes, you may see significant relief.

Extensor, Flexor, and Oblique Spinal Muscles
These three back muscle groups are directly attached to the spine and enable us to bend, flex, lift, rotate, and stand erect. Sometimes, they become stiff. As we age, they lose strength and muscle tone. Your massage therapist can guide you in exercises that will strengthen these muscles and alleviate some of your pain.

Anterior Pelvic Tilt
Sometimes, our posture determines whether we have lower back pain. An anterior pelvic tilt can cause lower back pain, although it may seem counter-intuitive that your pelvis can cause your back to hurt. Hip flexors that are too tight can combine with weak abdominal muscles to cause lower back pain.

Your massage therapist can release the trigger points, usually the psoas major and spinal erectors, that are causing these issues and you may find relief from your lower back pain.

Posterior Pelvic Tilt
The abdominals, gluteal muscles, and the hamstrings are the muscles involved in a posterior pelvic tilt. This pulls the pelvis down in the back and the lumbar arch decreases, causing leg pain as well as back and hip pain. If this condition remains uncorrected, it could ultimately result in a ruptured or bulging disc, which can ultimately lead to more severe pain.

Although a tilted pelvis may seem unimportant, it can actually affect your posture and the alignment of your entire body. Your massage therapist can work on these stressed muscles to alleviate the imbalances and alleviate your pain while restoring your body to functionality.

Sciatic Pain and the Piriformis Muscle
The sciatic nerve runs from the hip down the back of the leg on both sides. When injured or pinched, it can cause lower back pain which can radiate to the buttocks, hip, and down the leg. Sciatic pain can be excruciating but your massage therapist can alleviate the pressure on the nerve and ease your pain.

Sometimes, lower back pain may simulate sciatica when it is, in fact, piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle is located deep in the hip and requires a special technique to reach. Your massage therapist has been trained in this technique and can work your piriformis muscle so that your pain is alleviated.

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Tendon and Muscle Tears: Will Massage Help?

If you are in the Escondido or San Marcos California area and looking for massage therapy contact us today or visit our home page which details some of our offerings. Many of our local athletes benefit from sports massage at our Wellness Center.

Tendon and Muscle Tears: Will Massage Help?

One of the most common injuries among athletes, whether professional or amateur, is the chronic muscle tear. It’s also among the most common for those of us who try to keep in shape after work and on the weekends. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most misdiagnosed ailments.

Chronic muscle tears are often diagnosed as tendinitis, chronic tendinopathy, repetitive strain injury, tenosynovitis, and a host of other complex terms. Although a tendon can repair itself with the traditional diagnosis of rest, prescription medications, and traditional massage, a torn muscle won’t respond satisfactorily to these efforts. A misdiagnosed muscle tear often results in long-term pain and frustration on the part of the client and a delay in healing for the afflicted muscle.

Symptoms of Chronic Muscle Tears
Chronic muscle tears don’t respond to the traditional treatments of rest, drugs, and/or cortisone injections. If you’ve been treating the same muscle injury for an extended time and don’t see an improvement, you may have a chronic muscle tear.

A chronic muscle tear may not present during periods of normal exercise, when you’re not pushing yourself to excel, but will suddenly flare up if the muscle is taxed. This is a classic sign of a chronic muscle tear.

Causes of Chronic Muscle Tears
Although the reasons for chronic muscle tears aren’t always known, they seem to develop in areas of the body that are subjected to extreme stress, such as experienced in endurance sports, long distance running, and/or power training. The more stress the muscle is subjected to, the higher the likelihood of developing a chronic tear.

Diagnosing a Torn Muscle
A simple but effective method for diagnosing a chronic muscle tear is to have a physiotherapist plunge two fingers deep into the affected muscle. If the search yields a hard knot that’s also very sore, then you probably have a chronic muscle tear.

Treatment Protocol
When torn muscles don’t respond to other treatment protocols, a treatment developed by Dr. Timothy Noakes has proven to be very effective. Dr. Noakes uses cross-friction muscle massage. Cross-friction massage isn’t pleasant nor is it intended to be. Rather, its purpose is to encourage healing of the afflicted muscle and restore normal use of it.

Cross-friction massage seems to be more effective than static stretching or traditional techniques used for torn tendons. Usually, ten or fewer five-minute sessions are required to achieve positive results and the torn muscle is usually restored to normal function within a month or so. For chronic issues that have lasted for a substantial length of time, slightly more cross-friction sessions may be required. For more information on Dr. Noakes and his cross-friction technique, click here.

Post-Treatment Actions
In order to prevent a recurrence of the muscle tear, the athlete should be proactive in preventing future tears. Strength training and reapplication of cross-friction massage at the first sign of recurring injury will help prevent the pain, discomfort, and inconvenience of future muscle tears.

Cross-Friction Massage Technique
Cross-friction massage goes deep into the tissues and is applied across the tissues of the muscle rather than longitudinally, as happens in traditional massage. The purpose of this type of massage is to prevent adhesions and scars from forming on damaged tissue, and to maintain the pliability of the damaged tissues. Massaging transversely promotes the blood circulation and enhances the efficacy of the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing metabolic waste that accumulates during the healing process.

This type of massage should be performed by a trained professional who specializes in it. Performed improperly, the client can experience subcutaneous bruising or the formation of blisters. Although the client needs to be in a comfortable position for this treatment, he or she should be aware that there will be some extreme discomfort. It may not last long because the transverse friction treatment lasts only a few minutes, but there will be pain. If there isn’t pain, then the treatment will probably not be effective, according to Dr. Noakes.

Traditional massage techniques can be used after the muscle tear has healed, and will help eliminate scar tissue that may have formed and prevent its future formation.

Best Solution

The best solution for healing a chronic muscle tear is to prevent the occurrence. If you notice that a muscle isn’t performing properly and it doesn’t respond to treatment, then check for the presence of a chronic muscle tear. If you’ve had a tear and it has healed, then take the necessary precautions to prevent its recurrence.

Talk to your massage therapist about your symptoms. He or she is specially trained in helping muscles and tendons to heal, and may have insights that will help you regain the full use of your body. Click here for additional information on the different types of injuries that can occur to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other parts of the body.

What Is Far Infrared Sauna Detox?

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What is detoxification?

Detoxification is the process whereby your various organs and systems eliminate toxins from your body. These toxins appear in your body as a result of daily living and aren’t necessarily ingested intentionally. Examples of heavy metal and other toxins can include:

  • Aluminum
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Sodium
  • Uric acid

Other types of toxins can include:

  • Cholesterol
  • Medications
  • Pesticides
  • Vitamin and/or mineral excesses

Why might I need detoxification?

An accumulation of toxins in the body can contribute to health problems and can sometimes cause cognitive disorders. Detoxification can eliminate many of these toxins in the body and restore it to health and vitality. However, it’s a gradual process and requires a commitment of time in order for it to be most effective: It is not an overnight process. For more information on the detoxification process, click here.

The skin is the biggest organ of the body and through it, toxins are eliminated by the process of perspiration. However, many people perspire very little, so toxins remain in their systems indefinitely. Tight or restrictive clothing, which often contains chemicals, can also inhibit the body’s perspiration and cause the skin to absorb more toxins. Deodorants, anti-perspirants, body washes, and so forth, also reduce the body’s ability to eliminate toxins through perspiration. All these things make it even more important to detoxify our bodies.

Foods that have been fortified with vitamins and minerals can cause an accumulation of toxins in the body because of the way the vitamins and minerals have been processed. Often, they aren’t all natural, they may have been exposed to pesticides, and so forth. This can cause more problems than it eliminates.

How does far infrared detox differ?

A far infrared sauna detox may be the most efficient and thorough method of detoxifying your body. Although regular saunas are somewhat effective at the detox process, many people cannot tolerate the high heat of a regular sauna. Far infrared saunas are significantly cooler and are better tolerated by those who are sensitive to heat. Far infrared saunas heat the body from the inside out; regular saunas heat the body from the outside in.

Although both types of saunas make you sweat, the composition of the sweat from a regular sauna is about 95 percent water and 5 percent salt. A far infrared sauna, however, is up to 85 percent water and 15 percent toxins. A far infrared sauna heats the body’s core temperature by two to three degrees, which encourages the elimination of toxins and metabolic wastes that have accumulated in the body.

How do I use a far infrared sauna for detox?

If you’re new to far infrared saunas, it’s best to acclimate yourself to them before embarking on a detox program. Initially, remain in the sauna for less than 15 minutes. After a few days, your body should adjust to the infrared sauna and you can begin to extend the time you remain in it. Each detoxification session in a far infrared sauna shouldn’t exceed 30 minutes.

Detoxing your body places a stress on it initially, although the result should be a healthier body. It may be tempting to try to speed the process, but the safest and healthiest method is a slow detox. You’ve spent years accumulating these toxins, so don’t try to get rid of them all at once.

When you’re through with your sauna session, dry off with a towel and then cool off naturally. Reserve your shower until you’ve completely cooled down. You’ll probably notice that your perspiration has a different consistency when you use a far infrared sauna for detoxing. Normally, perspiration is very thin and runny. Far infrared detox sweat will be thicker and more viscous: This is due to the toxins that your body is eliminating.

You may notice that you have some degree of body odor when detoxifying, particularly for those who smoke or have used drugs in the past. This is normal and is the result of the toxin elimination process.

Far infrared saunas have shown to be more effective at detoxification than regular saunas because far infrared saunas heat the body from the core outward. Receiving a massage in conjunction with the far infrared session can provide a significant boost to your body. Massage helps the lymphatic system remove toxins and metabolic waste from your body, so the combination of the two can be significantly more effective. More information on this subject can be found here.

As a reminder…..

When you use the far infrared sauna and when you get a massage, it’s vital to maintain your body’s hydration. Good quality water is the best substance to use, far better than sports drinks, flavored water, soft drinks, and so forth. Water is essential to thin the blood, which reduces blood pressure, and to thin the lymphatic fluid, which helps the body rid itself of the toxins that accumulate. Avoid caffeinated beverages for the remainder of the day because caffeine is a diuretic and will cause the body to dehydrate.

An infrared sauna detox is an invaluable tool for eliminating many of the toxins that have accumulated in your body and can be a very enjoyable way to achieve better health.

Colds, the Flu, and Infrared Saunas

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Colds, the Flu, and Infrared Saunas

Although colds and the flu are thought of as winter ailments, they can occur at any time of the year and in any climate. Summer colds, in fact, are typically more virulent and more difficult to kick than winter colds. This isn’t imaginary, they are caused by a different set of viruses. Winter colds are caused by rhinoviruses and summer colds are caused by enteroviruses. Symptoms are similar but summer colds may appear more severe due to psychological perceptions: It seems more difficult to have a cold when it’s warm and sunny outdoors.

Although the symptoms of colds and the flu can mirror those of seasonal allergies, there are ways to determine which you have. Usually, allergies don’t cause a fever, which will be present with a cold or the flu. Muscle aches will not typically be present with allergies, which they will be with a cold or the flu. If your eyes are red and itchy, it’s probably not a cold or the flu.

How do I treat colds and the flu?

Since the viruses are different, treatment protocols are different. Zinc and vitamin C can be effective treatment for the rhinovirus, but they’re generally not effective against enteroviruses. One treatment protocol that works for both is the far infrared sauna.

Viruses are heat sensitive. When you have a cold or the flu, you’ll experience a fever. This is your body’s self-defense mechanism and a process in healing. When your body’s core temperature rises, as it does when you have a fever, pathogens like viruses are killed because they are unable to withstand the higher internal temperature. This is true for both rhinoviruses and enteroviruses.

How does a far infrared sauna get rid of a cold?

A regular sauna heats your body from the outside in by heating the surrounding air, which causes you to get warmer and perspire. This eliminates primarily water and salt from your body. A far infrared sauna gently heats your body’s core temperature by two to three degrees, so you get warm from the inside out, which eliminates water and a substantial amount of toxins. Since viruses cannot tolerate heat, they are killed, which gets rid of the cold.

In addition to killing the viruses, the far infrared sauna causes your body to sweat, sometimes profusely, which helps eliminate the toxins generated by the virus and its demise. Although exercising is probably out of the question when you’re ill, a session in an infrared sauna will have the same physiological effect as would moderate exercise. Your heart rate and pulse will increase, your blood circulation will increase, and the circulation of the lymphatic system will increase.

The lymphatic system functions to eliminate toxins and metabolic waste that accumulates daily in your body. Proper function of the lymphatic system is essential to good health and well being.

What can I do?

The best defense against cold and flu viruses is to have a good offense. Be diligent about good hygiene practices. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially after touching surfaces that are handled by others. Cold and flu viruses have varying lifespans depending on several criteria, but they can generally live outside a human host for as little as a few minutes or as long as seven days.

Avoid contact with people who are ill and if you’re ill, stay home rather than risk infecting your friends and co-workers. Its difficult to stay indoors alone when everyone else is having fun outdoors, but it’s the most considerate and the best for your body. If you have the facilities available, this is a perfect time to lay in the sun with a cold, non-alcoholic beverage that isn’t caffeinated. Be sure to wear sunscreen but avoid the temptation to go swimming.

When you go to your session in the far infrared sauna, be sure to take some wipes with you so that you avoid spreading your virus. This will be one of the few times that a massage is contraindicated; massage can actually make you feel worse if you have a cold or the flu. However, a session in the far infrared sauna can increase your body’s efforts at eliminating the viruses that have invaded your body, so by all means, enjoy a session there.

It’s essential to maintain proper hydration of your body when you’re ill, especially when you’re using a far infrared sauna as a treatment protocol. The amount of water needed to maintain proper hydration when you’re ill is substantially more than it is at other times. Healing and illness increase the level of metabolic toxins that your body generates, so you need to increase your fluid intake.

It may be tempting to extend your session in a far infrared sauna, but it shouldn’t last more than 30 minutes. Your core temperature will increase sufficiently to eliminate your virus but if you already have a temperature, you should avoid the far infrared sauna until your fever subsides.

Regular sessions in a far infrared sauna can help you avoid illnesses, but if you contract a cold or the flu, be proactive and head to the far infrared sauna.

Do infrared saunas prevent high blood pressure?

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Last week a client from Escondido asked us: Do infrared saunas prevent high blood pressure?

Well, not exactly. But..

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is usually the result of many factors, including diet, inactivity, genetics, weight, stress level, alcohol consumption, smoking, overall health, and more. High blood pressure occurs because the arteries become narrower and the heart has to work harder to get the blood to flow through them. Although it used to be a disease acquired as an adult, teens and younger children are now presenting with hypertension. BMC Pediatrics states that more than 20 percent of school children have high blood pressure.

Although the deleterious effects on the coronary system may never be fully reversed, hypertension can be cured. Most health professionals recommend an increase in the exercise level, elimination of alcohol and smoking, weight loss, a healthy diet, and a reduction in the stress level.

Infrared saunas may change that advice. Research has indicated that far infrared saunas, or FIR saunas, can provide some of the same benefits as exercise, weight loss, and stress reduction. FIR saunas can’t change a person’s diet or eliminate their smoking or alcohol intake, but they may be the catalyst that initiates that change.

Regular saunas heat the air around a person, causing them to sweat, sometimes profusely, their heart rate speeds up, and some people experience the endorphin release associated with physical exercise. FIR saunas, however, use infrared light to heat the body from the inside, which causes blood vessels to relax, the heart rate increases, and the parasympathetic nervous system is activated.

Not all people can tolerate the heated temperatures of a traditional sauna, so far infrared saunas may be the answer. FIR saunas can provide the same benefits as moderate exercise, which for those who may be unable to exercise due to physical limitations, can improve muscle tone and overall health. Using an infrared sauna won’t provide the physical exertion of running a marathon, but it will simulate the exertion achieved from moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk.

Another positive benefit of using an infrared sauna is that the treatment is effective within 15 to 20 minutes, so there’s no need to devote a large block of time to it. An extended stay won’t be harmful, and the relaxation benefits from an infrared sauna are similar to those received from a relaxing massage, but those who have limited time will still reap the benefits.

The Mayo Clinic indicates that they have received no reports of adverse side effects from patients who have used the far infrared saunas. They further suggest that the infrared saunas might be more relaxing and beneficial than a traditional sauna.

Infrared saunas operate on a wavelength similar to that of night vision goggles, which is above the level of microwave radiation, so there is no danger of being cooked from the inside. The Japanese traditionally use far infrared to treat sunburns, which requires a longer treatment than is usually received. Far infrared saunas are safe for extended use and are safe to use with children. Some medical professionals have begun to use far infrared saunas to treat disorders such as autism, and the combination of infrared, diet, and nutrition have shown very promising results.

Recent studies have used infrared saunas to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and rheumatoid arthritis, and have shown promising results. Larger and more intense research is planned to confirm the health benefits of infrared not only for hypertension, but for other chronic illnesses. Some healthcare professionals feel that infrared saunas are one of the safest and most effective methods for healing a variety of issues, including high blood pressure.

A far infrared sauna will not prevent high blood pressure because the lifestyle that caused the onset of hypertension started long before the use of the FIR sauna. However, it is possible that regular use of a FIR sauna can help lower high blood pressure while providing the benefits of moderate exercise. This may in turn generate a weight loss, which usually will result in lower blood pressure.

Aside from prescription medications, there is no magic elixir that is going to prevent or cure high blood pressure. The best method for preventing high blood pressure is to not get it in the first place. However, it’s extremely common. For those who prefer the absence of prescription medication(s) in their life, using an infrared sauna is an excellent way to reduce their blood pressure and make a positive change in their lifestyle that will result in long-term lowered blood pressure. Practicing good self-care and starting at an early age is the best method for preventing the onset of high blood pressure. An infrared sauna can be an invaluable tool for good self-care.

So in that respect, yes, an infrared sauna can prevent high blood pressure.

 

Do Infrared Saunas Help Diabetes?

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If you’re one of the 29 million people in the U.S. who has diabetes, you’re probably looking for ways to help control it that don’t involve needles, subcutaneous implants, and/or prescription medications with a long list of side effects. Infrared saunas may be one of the solutions you seek.

According to the NIH, or National Institutes of Health, far infrared saunas improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes. Their three-month study of subjects in Fraser Lake, British Columbia, Canada used 20-minute infrared sessions conducted three times each week. All study participants were diabetic.

At the conclusion of the study, the NIH concluded that far infrared saunas improved the quality of life for the participants and could do so for others with diabetes. Click here for more information on this study.

Another study reported in the American College of Cardiology found that infrared saunas improved blood vessel function in patients who had diabetes mellitus. Circulation, vasodilation, and cell nutrition were significantly enhanced at the conclusion of the study.

Another study in Japan showed that infrared sauna treatments significantly reduced the physiological stress on diabetic patients who were bedridden.

A far infrared sauna induces a physiological response similar to that of moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk. This increases circulation, increases the heart rate, and may cause profuse perspiration. All of these things are particularly good for diabetics, who have notoriously poor circulation. Lack of circulation can ultimately lead to amputation of the extremities. Not good.

Diabetics may be unable to exercise due to poor circulation and ambulation issues. Far infrared sauna sessions will increase the circulation and improve muscle tone just as though they were performing moderate exercise. An increase in circulation can result in an increase in energy as well.

Far infrared saunas also increase vasodilation, which means dilation of the blood vessels, which will reduce your blood pressure. High blood pressure is common among diabetics and adds another component of complications to an already-compromised body. Chronic pain is another aspect of the diabetic experience, and the internal warmth that the infrared light generates can help alleviate the chronic pain of diabetes.

Since diabetics have decreased circulation, they also have a decrease in the efficiency of their lymphatic system, which is the system responsible for removing toxins and metabolic wastes from the body. The increased perspiration that results from the infrared sauna will help to eliminate these toxins from the body. The increase in circulation, both of the circulatory system and of the lymphatic system, can result in a healthier body that has fewer of the deleterious side effects of diabetes.

Many diabetics are heat sensitive, so using a traditional sauna that places them in a hot environment isn’t possible. Since infrared saunas heat the body from the inside out, many heat-sensitive individuals are able to tolerate the infrared saunas with no unpleasant side effects or adverse health issues.

Infrared saunas activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the body and enables it to react more positively to stress. Stress levels in your body can elevate your cortisol levels, which can elevate your blood sugar. The combination of these two can significantly and adversely affect your blood glucose levels, so keeping a low stress level is imperative.

According to the experts, infrared saunas have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on the body. This enables the body to heal faster and boosts the metabolism. When diabetics are wounded, they are typically slow to heal and the infrared light can speed the process.

For those diabetics who have a busy schedule, a far infrared session will produce results in as little as 15 to 20 minutes, so you can reap the benefits without a substantial investment of time. Home units are available but units like those found in a spa, massage spa, or doctor’s office, are very expensive.

There are some medical conditions that preclude using a sauna of any kind, so be sure to check with your medical professional before initiating infrared sauna sessions. Some of the conditions include, but are not limited to, multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain tumors, silicone implants, and many others.

For diabetics, as for all others, it’s vital to remain well hydrated, particularly if you’re having a far infrared sauna session. Water helps to dilute the blood, which lowers blood pressure, and it helps the lymphatic system remove the toxins in the body, so adequate hydration is essential for diabetics.

Although there is as yet no cure for diabetes, regular use of an infrared sauna can provide health benefits to diabetics and is a pleasurable experience in a world fraught with needles, test strips, and medications. Many medical professionals view infrared saunas as one of the safest and most effective, not to mention most pleasant, healing methods that are currently available to diabetics, particularly when used in combination with a healthy lifestyle.

Do Infrared Saunas Reduce Pain?

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Infrared saunas use near infrared and far infrared light to heat the body on the inside. The difference between these types of saunas and a traditional sauna is that traditional saunas heat the outside of the body, while infrared saunas cause the body to heat on the inside. Of the two types of infrared, far infrared is the more popular treatment although both are equally safe; home units and mats are available.

Both types of saunas cause the body to perspire and the heart rate to increase, but infrared saunas don’t heat the surrounding air like a traditional sauna. Since many people cannot tolerate the high heat in a traditional sauna, infrared saunas are becoming increasingly popular.

An added benefit of infrared saunas is the alleviation of pain and other chronic health conditions. Although few scientific studies exist that prove the health benefits of infrared saunas, those that do have shown promising results.

For four weeks, the Saxion University of Applied Science in the Netherlands studied the efficacy of infrared sauna treatments on patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other painful conditions. The results showed a significant reduction in pain and stiffness without unpleasant side effects.

A Canadian study of patients with congestive heart failure indicated that participants who received 10 infrared sessions of 15 minutes each for a two-week period had significantly fewer spasms than those who didn’t receive the treatments.

Another study, also in Canada, involved patients with chronic pain. One-fourth of the subjects received far infrared sauna, or FIRS, treatments for 15 minutes each day, in addition to their regular treatment regiment. After two years, those subjects who had received the FIRS treatments had less pain than those who didn’t receive FIRS treatments; sleep quality was also improved in the FIRS group.

In Japan, another study was reported in the peer-reviewed journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. It indicated that study participants who received far infrared treatment in addition to the normal treatment regimen experienced a decrease in pain and an increase in anger management. The conclusion was that repeated far infrared therapy could help patients who experienced chronic pain.

Far infrared rays are completely different than the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun, which can damage the body. Each of the three, near infrared, far infrared, and ultraviolet light, has its own place in the light spectrum; far infrared is between 5.5 and 15 microns. These rays can penetrate deep into the body without burning the skin or the tissues. The inner core is then gently heated, and healing begins to take place.

Far infrared rays penetrate to the cellular level where they alter the cells and their membranes, proteins, and fluids. This increased cellular activity promotes healing in the body and can reduce pain, injury, and inflammation. Typically, treatments last less than a half hour and have few to no adverse side effects other than mild lightheadedness or dizziness, similar to feelings that can occur after a massage.

Far infrared light therapy also increases blood circulation, which speeds the body’s healing mechanism and helps reduce chronic pain in the muscles and joints. Often, tissues that experience chronic pain are inflamed and sore. The increase in blood flow causes the tissues to begin regeneration, so soreness is reduced.

As the far infrared light waves penetrate the tissues, the heart rate increases like it does during moderate exercise, which helps condition the cardiovascular system and strengthen the muscles. Stronger muscles can help prevent pain and soreness that comes from over taxing the muscles. This can be particularly beneficial for those who are wheelchair bound, unable to participate in regular exercise, and frequently in pain from sitting.

Far infrared can also benefit those who are unable to tolerate the high heat of a traditional sauna. Those who suffer the chronic pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia may reap a benefit from an infrared sauna, and need not fear any of the deleterious side effects that can sometimes occur with prescription pain medications.

The relaxation benefits provided by far infrared sauna therapy can help alleviate pain by relaxing tense muscles, calming jangled nerves, and initiating the parasympathetic nervous system. When muscles are relaxed rather than tense, they are less likely to develop spasms, trigger points, and pinched nerves; all are painful conditions.

Far infrared also helps with the pain of indigestion and heartburn by relaxing the stomach muscles. Far infrared light waves cause the release of nitric oxide, which dilates the arteries, which increases the blood flow and stimulates digestion.

Sometimes, excess weight can cause additional stress on the joints and exacerbate painful arthritic conditions. Far infrared sauna treatments can stimulate weight loss because they affect the body similarly to moderate exercise. Weight loss can result, which will reduce the stress on the joints and thereby reduce pain. Since far infrared also promotes the release of endorphins, a relaxed and positive outlook may encourage dieting and a healthier lifestyle.

The incidence of allergies and sensitivities are on the rise and can cause painful symptoms such as skin rashes, eczema, acne, sneezing, and so forth. A treatment regimen of far infrared light waves can reduce the toxins that have accumulated in the body, thus reducing its sensitivities.

Each body is unique and each treatment is unique to the individual. Far infrared treatments have proven to be beneficial for many ailments, especially for chronic pain. It is one of the very few treatment regimens that lacks harmful side effects and doesn’t require a prescription.

Where to Find Pokemon in San Marcos California

Pokemon GO San Marcos CA

We just wrote the article: San Marcos CA Pokémon Go Players Can Benefit From Massage Therapy. But, where do you find the Pokemon in San Marcos?

We put together the San Marcos California Pokemon GO map for you:

Pokemon GO San Marcos CA

As you can see by the map, the 4 big hot spots are:

  • California State University San Marcos
  • Restaurant Row
  • Palomar College
  • Downtown San Marcos

The red map marker on the map is us! Of course. 🙂

Pokemon can be found all over San Marcos, especially at historic places, places of interest and churches.

After you’re doing walking all over San Marcos, contact us for a massage!