Fibromyalgia, Stroke and High Blood Pressure – and Infrared Saunas

blood pressure cuff 1 You may be wondering what the heck fibromyalgia, stroke and high blood pressure have in common. The answer is the month of May!

May is American Stroke and High Blood Pressure Awareness Month as well as Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. All three conditions are on our radar here at Sunlighten because all people who suffer from each of these conditions seek our help on a regular basis. For very different reasons, regular infrared sauna use can help those who suffer with fibromyalgia as well as those at risk for stroke and high blood pressure.


Fibromyalgia is chronic condition which affects the entire body. It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects as many as 6 million Americans with most sufferers being women.
The illness can cause fatigue, stiffness, insomnia, and headaches, as well as a litany of related emotional problems. Painfully sore joints, tendons and muscles cause fibromyalgia sufferers to spend their days and nights looking for relief from these relentless symptoms.

Typically, fibro sufferers treat their symptoms with analgesic pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen. Not only are these drugs inefficient at controlling fibro-related pain, they also have negative side effects of their own with long-term use. Popular prescription medications have their own set of reported problems and side effects.

More and more chronic pain sufferers are now looking to non-pharmaceutical ways to achieve pain relief. One of the most popular alternatives to medicine for the chronic pain, swelling and discomfort that comes with fibromyalgia is regular infrared sauna use.

A recent Japanese study showed that chronic pain patients experienced a significant reduction in pain levels (nearly 70%) after the first session of infrared sauna therapy. Pain scores also decreased significantly and remained low throughout the observation period. Researchers concluded that infrared heat therapy is effective for chronic pain treatment.

Additionally, in a NASA study done with near-infrared heat, determined that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside.

Finally, a 2003 study showed that use of near-infrared heat therapy helped the production of white blood cells to alleviate inflammation and reduce swelling, two key factors in easing bodily pain.

Sunlighten’s mPulse series–with its proprietary Solocarbon® Custom Spectrum™ heating technology–is the only sauna on the market that offers LED-based near infrared heat at this proven level.

Stroke & High Blood Pressure

One of the most notable risk factors for stroke is high blood pressure. And only Sunlighten saunas are backed by clinical research that shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart.

In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Sunlighten’s Solocarbon heaters were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30 minute infrared sauna session three times per week.

Two other stroke risk factors can also be addressed by adding infrared heat therapy to your course of action – artery disease and obesity.

A scientific study has shown that infrared saunas help improve the function of impaired vascular endothelial cells in patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease. The infrared heat of the sauna opens capillaries to improve blood flow. Fifteen minutes in an infrared sauna each day for 14 days improved the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40%.

And results from a 2009 study indicated that Sunlighten saunas are beneficial for lowering weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period. For those who are sedentary due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, results were even more profound.

If you believe you may be at risk for stroke, talk with your doctor immediately. When creating a plan to combat those risks, consider regular infrared sauna therapy to support your other wellness efforts.

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