FIR (Far Infrared Rays) Benefits
Sometimes when you step out into the sun you can feel warmth overcome you from the inside out. This feeling is caused by far infrared rays, an invisible light on the opposite side of the spectrum of harmful ultraviolet rays. It is the same light that plants photosynthesize in order to feed. This plant dependency of far infrared can be found in the human body as well. That warm resonating feeling you get from the far infrared rays speaks to our bodies need for rays of sunlight. That warm feeling can be harnessed to improve our health conditions. The sun, our bodies, and our hands are always emitting FIR. In the past, it was this discovery that lead to healing methods involving the placement of palms over ailing areas of the body, or palm healing. This has evolved to what is now known as Reiki, a form of healing that utilizes the heat from palms to assist in body’s natural healing process. Science has been able to focus the healing component of FIR and utilize these rays to improve our natural healing abilities.
For those who are opposed to doctor prescribed medications, far infrared ray therapy is a great substitute in most cases. There’s nothing to lose. With no risks or side effects, why wouldn’t you try it? FIR can reduce the swelling in a man’s elbow so he can play tennis again. It can strengthen a woman’s immune system so she doesn’t have to miss an important meeting with a client. It can alleviate the stress around a smoker’s heart so he doesn’t end up having an early heart attack. Far infrared therapy can do so much. What can it do for you?
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Control Muscle and Joint Pain
The most common use of far infrared ray treatment is muscle and joint pain. FIR slightly increases the temperature of the surface level of your body. As a result, the circulation of your blood is increased, improving oxygenation and regeneration of your blood. When your blood flows better, it is easier for your body to heal, especially when it comes to inflammation in your joints and muscles. This kind of treatment is particularly beneficial for people that suffer from Arthritis, lower back pain, or even just your every day aches. The use of far infrared treatment helps your body recover more efficiently. The increase in your blood flow will also create more white blood cells in your body and by extension improve your immune system and overall healthiness.
FIR Detoxifies Your Body
Far infrared rays function very effectively when it comes to detoxification. They can reduce water retention, eliminate metals, and rid the body of harmful carcinogens. As a result, people often see a reduction in fatigue and an improvement in their focus and energy levels. These toxins cannot be expelled instantly, so they accumulate in our bodies, encapsulated in water molecules. These trapped toxins lead to blocked blood circulation, impaired cellular energy, and illness. When we are exposed to FIR waves, the molecules trapping toxins inside us vibrate and break apart, eliminating the harmful intruders. Detoxifications of heavy metals can help with the addiction to tobacco and in some cases can aid in the quitting of smoking as it removes the heavy metals inside. FIR is a safe, effective, healthy way to detoxify, and is considered seven times more effective than steam saunas or conventional heat. (1)
FIR Reduces Pain and Stiffness
There are multiple ways to receive FIR treatment that revolve around pain management. The two most common are infrared saunas and infrared mats. Saunas are great for joint pain and inflammation. FIR saunas also have a secondary function of making you sweat out all the “bad stuff.” Not only does this naturally make you feel better on an everyday level, but it can also speed up your metabolism and lead to subtle weight loss through the increase of pressure on your cardiovascular system. Recent studies published in Clinical Rheumatology found that infrared saunas can reduce pain and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis patients. While infrared saunas are not easily accessible for many people, FIR mats provide the same healing benefits. Mats are best used on a bed and can even be used throughout the night for overnight healing intentions. By having access to an infrared mat at home, you can take control of your chronic pain. (2)
FIR Relieves Back Pain Symptoms
Back pain relief is one of the most exciting FIR therapy research areas. If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you know that most treatment options are risky and require long-term recovery periods. However, FIR mats, which have no adverse effects and no recovery period, have been shown in a recent study to provide significant pain reduction with daily application to the pained areas. FIR therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free option for anyone coping with chronic lower back pain. (3)
FIR Helps Chronic Fatigue
FIR can provide solace and improve quality of life for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. If you are searching for answers to your struggle with CFS, FIR therapy may be the solution. Research indicates that consistent daily thermal therapy (including FIR therapy) has promising benefits for CFS patients. FIR therapy can improve your sleep, reduce the number of nightly sleep disturbances, and minimize aches and pains associated with CFS. (4)
FIR Improves Quality of Life and
Anyone seeking a non-pharmaceutical solution for boosting mood and reducing chronic pain should consider FIR therapy. Thermal therapy has been used for years as a drug-free treatment for chronic pain patients. Researchers at Japan’s Nishi Kyusyu University discovered that infrared sauna heat therapy can have a significant impact on chronic pain sufferers’ overall well-being and ability to function. Whether you are suffering from pain or overall malaise, FIR therapy can help you heal and live more happily and comfortably. (5)
FIR Reduces Blood Pressure Levels
High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other serious cardiac problems. However, new studies show that FIR therapy may help to reduce and normalize blood pressure. Researchers in Germany discovered that, after just one hour of FIR therapy, patients experienced significantly decreased blood pressure, improved blood viscosity, and increased cardiac output. These findings suggest that regular FIR exposure may be an essential new treatment for the millions of patients coping with high blood pressure. (6)
FIR Treats Some Forms of Cancer
There is a possibility that far infrared treatment may inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells. Research is still ongoing, but a recent study by Medical Oncology in London suggested that FIR can inhibit some cancer cells by causing a change in body temperature. The cells studied so far include breast, lung, and tongue cancer cells. Although the findings are limited so far, the possibilities of FIR therapy offer great hope to these patients. (7)
FIR Lowers Side Effects of Diabetes
If you are living with diabetes, you are likely familiar with the many complications of the illness, including chronic fatigue syndrome, pain, depression, and congestive heart failure. Researchers have investigated the effects of countless different lifestyle changes, but far-infrared sauna use has been found to be one of the most effective ways to improve quality of life and diminish pain for diabetes sufferers. Regular 20-minute treatments over a period of three months can improve overall health, lower stress, reduce fatigue, and improve social functioning. (8)
FIR Improves Motor Functions
A team of doctors in Taiwan found that FIR therapy can have a significant effect on nerve regeneration and motor function improvement. FIR treatment is non-invasive and effective and can treat a wide array of peripheral nerve diseases and injuries. These findings can make a meaningful difference for sufferers of nerve pain. FIR therapy is a long-term, drug-free alternative to traditional treatments for nerve function loss. (9)
Far Infrared Therapy Prevents Sunburns
Sunburns are itchy, uncomfortable, and dangerous. To preserve our health, we must do everything we can to prevent them. Extreme sunburns can have a lifetime of negative health effects, and sometimes, sunscreen is not enough. A recent study conducted at the Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine found that exposure to infrared radiation (including FIR) prior to sun exposure can stop the formation of sunburn cells and prevent sunburn. A few minutes spent on your FIR mat can make your beach day worry-free. (10)
FIR Treats Arteriovenous Fistula
If you are a hemodialysis patient, you will find that FIR improves the quality of your treatment. Researchers at National Cheng Kung University found that FIR can improve blood flow to and from an arteriovenous fistula and reduce the risk of malfunction. FIR therapy is an easier and more effective strategy for increasing blood flow. Many patients will find it more comfortable than traditional methods. (11)
FIR Treats Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the world. If you are afflicted with hay fever, you are experiencing inflammation in the nose as a result of allergens in the air. Medication is typically ineffective in treating hay fever, but FIR therapy can provide relief. Researchers at Chung-Yuan Christian University found that, by reducing inflammation, FIR therapy improves irritating symptoms like nasal itching, stuffiness, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. (12)