Recently, Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of the successful Your Wellness Connection, spoke with Dynamic Chiropractic magazine about her use of infrared sauna therapy for pain relief in her business. Dr. Robin uses Sunlighten infrared saunas for chronic pain patients at her wellness center in suburban Kansas City.
Dr. Robin’s patients often come to her seeking relief from chronic pain. She told Dynamic Chiropractic that she “found that using a full-spectrum infrared sauna in my office as part of a treatment plan for pain has contributed to my patients’ pain relief exponentially while also boosting revenue for my practice.”
Before recommending infrared sauna therapy to her patients, Dr. Robin looked at research on the efficacy of infrared heat. And she continues to read new studies regarding the benefits of infrared as well.
She found the following articles to be interesting and informative:
- In a 2006 double-blind, placebo-controlled study in the Journal of Pain Research and Management, researchers found that infrared heat therapy was able to reduce chronic low back pain by 50 percent over seven weeks, with zero negative side effects.
- In a compelling study in a 2002 issue of the Spine Journal, a researcher at the New Jersey Medical School found that heat therapy was more effective than analgesics for low back pain relief.
- In a 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, researchers found that reductions in both pain and stiffness were statistically significant after only four weeks of treatment for both rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
- The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (1992) reported pain reduction and increased ability in elderly patients suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis (DOA) of the knee who were treated with infrared heat.
“The reason I purchased a full-spectrum infrared sauna for my practice is that I can control the settings, ranging from near-infrared light that aids in pain and muscle relief, to mid-infrared light that assists in fat burning and weight loss, to far-infrared light that deepens the core sweat and is whole-body detoxifying. Most infrared saunas on the market offer only far-infrared heat, which does not have such a profound effect on pain relief, the number-one reason my clinic books sauna sessions.”
Dr. Michelle Robin is the founder and chief wellness officer of Your Wellness Connection. Honored as the Masters Circle’s Chiropractor of the Year in 2007, Dr. Robin is the author of the book Wellness on a Shoestring — Seven Habits for a Healthy Life.