Infrared Sauna Blankets are becoming more popular by the minute. Daily use is promised to detox your body, soothe sore muscles, improve skin and burn calories while leaving you thoroughly relaxed.
My first response is to call Bullsh*t but I decided to do some research and give them a try. Here is what I found and you may be surprised.
What Is Infrared?
British astronomer William Herschel discovered infrared light in 1800. Infrared light (or Infrared Radiation) is energy that is not visible to the human eye but can be felt as heat.
Infrared waves occur at frequencies above those of microwaves and just below those of red visible light. Infrared Light Therapies are being tried to control pain and pain management.
A perfect example of Infrared Light is the warming heat rays of the Sun. The Sun’s rays have been shown to have immense health benefits, from being a great source of vitamin D, reducing pain to reducing inflammation in the body.
Could Infrared Sauna Blankets multiply these effects and prove to provide even more health benefits?
What Are Infrared Therapy Health Benefits?
Infrared therapy technology allows people to harness the benefits of the sun, without being exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays and adverse harmful effects.
Infrared light penetrates into the inner layers of the skin, to reach muscles, and nerves as far down as the bones. Studies have shown that Infrared Light wavelengths can be used for healing inflammatory conditions in the body.
Infrared light can be absorbed by the photoreceptors in cells. When absorbed, the light energy jumpstarts metabolic events, triggering several natural processes of healing on a cellular level. Infrared therapy is commonly used in dentistry, veterinary medicine, autoimmune diseases, and many for with great success.
It’s used as a safe and natural alternative treatment for muscle pain, joint stiffness, arthritis, bursitis, blunt trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain, diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), tendonitis, wounds, sciatica, and surgical incisions and other medical conditions to name a few.
Infrared therapy has been proven useful in detoxification, pain relief, reduction of muscle tension, relaxation, improved circulation, weight loss, skin purification, lowered side effects of diabetes, boosting of the immune system, and lowering of blood pressure.
Infrared light is also used to improve the circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body which aids in faster healing of deep tissues and pain relief.
The key health benefit of infrared therapy is its ability to help increase the production of nitric oxide, an important signaling molecule that is important for the health of blood vessels.
Nitric oxide is a powerful cell signaling molecule that helps relax the arteries, fight free radicals to reduce oxidative stress, prevents platelet clumping in blood vessels, and regulate blood pressure.
The increase in the blood flow throughout the body enables oxygen and nutrients to more easily reach cells throughout the body, enabling them to function more efficiently.
As a result, Infrared Therapy stimulates the regeneration and repair of injured tissues, reducing pain and inflammation. Infrared light helps cells regenerate and repair themselves.
What Are Infrared Sauna Blankets?
An Infrared Sauna uses light to create heat. The traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air around you as the air around you warms your body.
The Infrared Sauna Blanket uses infrared light rays to heat the body directly under the blanket. Most Infrared Sauna Blankets are designed in sleeping bag form and use electricity to provide power.
Infrared Sauna Blankets usually begin operation at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and gradually work your way up to the max of usually 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
When powered on the Infrared Sauna Blanket uses infrared rays to heat up the inside as the outside remains cool to the touch.
What Are The Benefits Of Infrared Sauna Blankets?
Infrared Sauna Blankets are celebrated for causing reactions in the body similar to those generated by moderate exercises, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate.
Infrared Sauna Blankets operate at much lower and tolerable temperatures than traditional Saunas. This enables the user to enjoy the benefits longer and sweat more.
Some of these immediate benefits include everything from reduced body aches, to increased blood flow, and reduced inflammation in the body.
We have to keep in mind that there is almost no research on Infrared Sauna Blanket in particular. Just on infrared saunas in general.
I do not believe it’s much of a leap to believe Infrared Sauna Blankets do yield similar or better benefits demonstrated by infrared saunas.
On the positive side, there are no adverse effects reported with infrared sauna use. If you have not done so please check out the more detailed health benefits of infrared therapy above.
Should You Buy An Infrared Sauna Blanket?
Infrared Therapy is becoming a popular drug-free way to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to an affected area of the body elevating quality of life.
Infrared Therapy is also effective in treating joint pain, joint inflammation, nerve pain, muscle pain, and various sports injuries while restoring function to the affected area.
While Infrared Therapy is proven effective in treating many ailments there is no guarantee it will transfer over well to Infrared Sauna Blanket use.
I believe the most popular use for Infrared Sauna blankets is to Detox the body. The highly directed adjustable temperature control is great for that.
You can set the highest most comfortable heat setting so you can stand and sweat all of your toxins away.
It’s the same technology so there is no reason why it should not work similarly, but there is no set standard for the technology and construction concerning Infrared Sauna Blankets.
Manufacturers can build anything and call it an Infrared Sauna Blanket. Buyer beware. Do your research and choose a quality product to ensure you receive the desired results.
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Combining the benefits of infrared and healing light therapy, HigherDOSE’s signature sauna spas and Infrared Sauna Blankets give you a natural high that makes you glow from the inside out.