Cold Sauna technology is a relatively new alternative whole body treatment aimed at reducing inflammation and swelling in order to alleviate arthritic symptoms such as chronic pain and loss of joint mobility. Alternatives to pharmaceutical medication have become a popular choice with many whom...
Cold Sauna technology is a relatively new alternative whole body treatment aimed at reducing inflammation and swelling in order to alleviate arthritic symptoms such as chronic pain and loss of joint mobility. Alternatives to pharmaceutical medication have become a popular choice with many whom suffer from arthritis; as mainstream pharmaceuticals often have unwanted side effects. Therapies such as whole body ice baths and plunges have been used for decades in an attempt to control arthritis symptoms, but are intensely uncomfortable and inconsistent temperatures. It was the need to find a better whole body therapy to reduce inflammation that led to cold air therapy, where sub zero air is applied to affected areas of the body. Success with localized cold air therapy led to the creation of the cold sauna chamber, a room where air is chilled to -1100C.
When using cold saunas as a therapy for arthritis it is recommended to complete a series of 2 treatments a day for 5 to 10 days consecutively. This protocol can yield up to 6 months of relief from arthritic symptoms. The amount of relief will vary from person to person but a general easing of pain and increased joint mobility are commonly reported.
Further research and experience has shown that cold saunas are not only an effective treatment for arthritis but can help with many other conditions. Athletic injuries are inherently inflammatory and can be eased using cold saunas, allowing athletes to resume other therapies or return to sport more quickly. Chronic back pain including Sciatica can be effectively reduced. Recovery time after surgery can be decreased, allowing people to return to physical therapy activity more quickly. New research also suggests that cold sauna use can be beneficial for people suffering from Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis.
Paul Bradshaw is a Kinesiologist at Sparkling Hill Resort. He graduated from the University of British Columbia Vancouver in 2010 with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics. He is the lead Whole Body Cryotherapy practitioner and also specializes in injury rehabilitation and prevention, and healthy weight loss. Paul is also a certified Kinesio Tape practitioner.
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