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 wellness. The sun, our bodies, and our hands are always emitting FIR. In the past, it was this discovery that leads 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 therapy that utilizes the heat from palms to assist in body’s natural processes. Science has been able to focus FIR and utilize them to improve our wellness levels.
For those who are opposed to doctor prescribed medications, FIR is an alternative approach that supports other forms of therapy. Far infrared therapy can do so much. What can it do for you?
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FIR Temporarily Alleviates Minor Muscle and Joint Pain
The most common use of far infrared ray treatment is muscle and joint pain relief. FIR slightly increases the temperature of the surface level of your body. This may help to deliver more oxygen to the places areas of the body that require the most attention to maximize your wellness levels. This therapy is particularly beneficial for people that suffer from Arthritis, lower back pain, or even just your every day aches. Far infrared rays are more effective for pain relief than traditional heating pads because their rays penetrate 4-6 inches below the surface level of the skin.
FIR May Help Detoxify 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, and are expelled through excessive sweating caused by FIR heat therapy. FIR is a safe and effective way to detoxify and is considered seven times more effective than steam saunas or conventional heat. (1)
FIR Helps Reduce Minor 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 managing symptoms of joint pain and inflammation. FIR saunas also have a secondary function of making you sweat out all the “bad stuff.” Recent studies published in Clinical Rheumatology found that infrared saunas can reduce muscular pain and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis patients. While infrared saunas are not easily accessible for many people, FIR mats provide temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain and stiffness (especially pain associated with arthritis), the temporary relief of muscle spasms and sprains, and the temporary increase of local circulation where applied. Mats are best used on a bed and can even be used throughout the night for overnight wellness-restoring intentions. By having access to an infrared mat at home, you can trap the heat with a reflective blanket and create your own personal sauna experience. (2)
FIR Helps Relieve Minor Back Pain Symptoms
Muscular 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 have been shown in studies to provide temporary minor pain relief in the lower back when applied daily. FIR therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free option to manage some of the symptoms associated with chronic muscular back pain. (3)
FIR May Help Alleviate Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
FIR can help provide solace and improve quality of life for those living with chronic fatigue syndrome. If you are searching for answers to your struggle with CFS, FIR therapy may be beneficial for multiple symptoms affecting you. Research indicates that consistent daily thermal therapy (including FIR therapy) has promising benefits for CFS patients. FIR therapy can support your efforts to improve your energy levels, maximize your comfort, and minimize minor aches and pains associated with CFS. (4)
FIR Improves Overall Wellness
Anyone seeking a non-pharmaceutical solution for boosting mood and reducing symptoms of 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 restore your wellness levels and live more comfortably. (5)