Osteoarthritis| treatment for osteoarthritis pain, stiffness

At one point or another, most of us have experienced some type of joint pain. Imagine having that joint pain every day of your life and trying to cope with simple daily activities such as brushing your hair or opening a jar. This is referred to as arthritis, but more specifically osteoarthritis.
More than half of the population aged 65 or older would show x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint and is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability among adults. This can occur in any joint but mostly affects the fingers, thumbs, neck, lower back, hips and knees. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include steady or intermittent pain in a joint, stiffness in a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long period of time, swelling or tenderness in one or more joints, and a crunching feeling or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. The muscles surrounding an arthritic joint also tend to be tighter and may spasm from time to time as they are trying to guard and protect the joint from further injury.

One of the most effective treatment methods for osteoarthritis is heat, and this is exactly why Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) is one of the best ways to help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The far infrared heat penetrates deep into the body and increases blood circulation thereby bringing oxygen rich blood to oxygen depleted muscles.

Increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help evacuate edema, which can help inflammation, decrease pain, and help speed healing. Given the fact that heat also increases collagen tissue elasticity, stretching after a sauna session can relax tight muscles and decrease their pull on the joints.

Therefore, stiffened joints and thickened connective tissues respond positively to Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.). Heat has also been shown to reduce pain sensation by direct action on both free-nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves. With all these benefits of far infrared heat, I encourage everyone who suffers from osteoarthritis to try it out for themselves.