Sports and Athletes healing | increased muscle, Less injurie

Submitted by Dr. Dana Gleeson

Every kind of athlete from beginners to the elite can greatly benefit from the healing effects of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.). This includes sport enthusiasts ranging from iron man triathletes to the many who walk on a daily basis. With F.I.R.S.T. these athletes consistently report the following advantages:

  • Increased muscle, ligament and tendon flexibility and range of motion.
  • Increased ability to reach (stretch) for the ball as in tennis, squash or soccer.
  • Less injuries (strains, sprains, tearing) during their activity.
  • Increased cardio function including improved stamina.
  • Decreased lactic acid build-up leading to a quicker recovery time

The most effective treatment regime is to undergo Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.). both pre and post activity, as different healing benefits are elicited at either end of the sport.

Engaging in Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) session pre activity is responsible for the increase in flexibility, range of motion and reach (stretch). Due to the deep penetration of the heat of the far infrared waves into the body,muscles, ligaments and tendons are warmed at a cellular level.This causes an increased lengthening effect in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, allowing for their improved ability to both stretchand maintain greater elasticity.

The athlete can therefore enter into their activity thoroughly prepared. It is this augmented ability to stretch that causesthe decrease in the chance of injuries during a sport such as the sprains, strains and tearing.

Increased cardiac function and thus stamina is also widely reported. As the body heats up during a treatment, the entire cardiovascular system is dilated to increase blood flow to the surface of the skin and extremities in order to dissipate heat. This causes heart rate,cardiac output and metabolic rate to increase for overall improved cardiovascular fitness. The athletes find that they can perform their activities longer and tire at a slower rate.

Engaging in a Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) session post activity has been proven to have advantages as well. The most significant one being the decrease in lactic acid build up. Lactic acid is what can make your muscles feel achy and sore after participating in activity. The far infrared waves penetrate deep into the muscles to increase the blood circulation to the cells. This increased blood flow both transports fresh nutrients and oxygen to the depleted muscles cells and flushes out the waste products formed including lactic acid. The subsequent recovery time is astoundingly faster.