Infrared sauna blanket is one of the latest health craze products, which can repair muscles and accelerate recovery
Many times, practitioners are particularly cautious when recommending new products because they want to make sure they do what they say. Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo is a New York area spine and plastic surgeon at the American Institute of Comprehensive Spine Care. He took the time to answer our questions about the benefits of infrared sauna blankets. What follows is our interview, edited for length and clarity.
How does the infrared sauna blanket work?
Infrared sauna blankets use infrared to heat the body, similar to infrared saunas. You should wrap the blanket around your body and use it for about 15 minutes to an hour.
It is said that infrared can increase blood flow and help repair muscles and torn tissues.
A blanket can do the same thing as an infrared sauna because it uses the same technology. The infrared rays in the blanket can penetrate the body up to 6 cm and heat it from the inside. It is essentially the same as a sauna, but you can use it in the comfort of your own home-and it’s easy to carry around.
Can it help solve the problems that plague chiropractic patients?
Infrared blankets can help chiropractic patients who suffer from muscle tears or pain.
Infrared rays help the mitochondria in the body repair muscle cells while growing new cells. As mentioned earlier, this type of light can penetrate the skin more deeply than a simple hot sauna. So, it actually reaches the muscles and tissues in the body.
Using infrared blankets after strenuous exercise or when you feel pain can help reduce the pain.
Is there any research to support its benefits?
Infrared light has been studied in various fields of medicine as a method of treating pain. It is different from ultraviolet light because it does not damage the skin and cause skin cancer. Several studies have shown its benefits, including this benefit for low back pain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2539004/
What information can the chiropractor convey to the patient about the use of infrared sauna blankets?
Although infrared sauna blankets are good for the body, they need to be used correctly.
If you start to overheat or feel dizzy, don’t keep wrapped in a blanket, as this can cause injury. When using the blanket for the first time, make sure to set the heat to low and only use it for 12-20 minutes. If you feel comfortable, you can start to increase your time in small increments.
In general, infrared sauna blankets are safe and can add beneficial supplements to your daily life.
Infrared sauna blankets are not a substitute for seeing a doctor to treat severe muscle pain. If you suffer from chronic muscle pain, it is recommended to make an appointment with a medical professional to get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.