16 Aug 5 Reasons why First-Responders can benefit from infrared saunas
Everyone knows that fighting fires is an inherently hazardous profession and that injuries can be part of the job. A broken bone can be diagnosed and treated immediately, but what about the diseases that don’t present themselves until years after the event? I’ve created a list of the top 5 benefits First Responders would get out of using an infrared sauna.
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to detoxify. It’s our “internal safety mechanism” and I believe far infrared saunas are designed for the deepest, most detoxifying sweat. As a profession exposed to high-levels of toxins on a daily basis, first responders need to fight back against growing toxin-caused cancer rates. Every year, hundreds of fire fighters across the country are diagnosed with cancer. Researchers say that fire fighters are more at risk for the disease because crews are consistently exposed to contaminants and toxins from debris, smoke, and flames.
While an infrared sauna can really help during the training phase of standard firehouse operations, they really shine in the recovery phase. The only thing required of the firefighter is that they relax, breathe deep, and let the sauna do the work. The deep sweat needed to effectively decontaminate the body is gently generated by the carbon / ceramic heaters via the powerful, radiant, infrared heat they provide.
- Cardiovascular Health
Regular use of an infrared sauna can improve cardiovascular health by lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart. Sweating brought on by the heat from an infrared sauna causes your heart to gently pump at a faster rate. With more beats per minute, your blood vessels vasodilate, or widen, and more blood moves at a faster rate through the vessels and capillaries beneath the skin. This is an incredible boost to the circulation of blood throughout your body, which can improve numerous health conditions such as heart health, blood pressure, cortisol levels, stress, and even cause pain relief.
- Muscle / Joint Pain Relief
One of the most compelling reasons to use an infrared sauna is the natural pain relief associated with infrared sauna therapy. Infrared wavelengths provide deep penetrating heat therapy to joints, muscles and tissues by increasing blood circulation and speeding oxygen flow to areas of discomfort. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, our infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body health itself naturally. Doctors often recommend infrared heat therapy to patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. Infrared therapy is also widely used among athletes for relief from sports injuries.
- Color Light Therapy
PTSD and mental health are well- known challenges in this industry and need to be addressed as a priority. Color Light therapy is a technique of restoring imbalance by means of applying color to the body. Its history is rooted as far back as the Mayan culture. Light Therapy has been valued throughout history as a remarkable source of healing. Today, the therapeutic applications of light and color are being investigated in major hospitals and research centers worldwide. Color healing has been reported to help combat depression, reduce Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), accelerate wound / burn healing, and decrease inflammation.