Autism Treatment Breakdown: Infrared Sauna Therapy

What is Infrared Sauna Therapy:

Infrared provides deep, cellular detoxification. There are three different types of infrared therapy. Near infrared (NIR) is the shortest infrared wavelength. Scientific research shows that when delivered at the vital wavelength of 880nm, without extreme heat or light, NIR promotes skin renewal, cell health, wound healing, and tissue growth. Mid infrared (MIR) is a longer wavelength that can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue where inflammation occurs and speeds up the healing process. To produce MIR, sauna heaters must be able to maintain a surface temperature of 210⁰C. The longest wavelength, far infrared (FIR), reaches deepest into the body, where toxins are stored.

What are the benefits:

According to Dr. Will Cole: The main benefits of infrared saunas and why I recommend them to my patients are to detox, reduce inflammation, and relieve stress to help balance hormones. Since sweating is your body’s natural way to eliminate toxins it is essential when trying to detox from heavy metals. Infrared saunas help you eliminate more toxins than a traditional.

Since chronic inflammation is behind so many different health problems that we see in the world today, it is crucial to always make sure you are bringing your inflammation levels down. Infrared saunas increase your body temperature and therefore your circulation. When this happens it helps to reduce inflammation.

Additionally, just sitting in an infrared sauna is relaxing. Relaxation brings balance to your cortisol levels. This is your body’s stress hormone so having balanced cortisol can help you avoid a wide range of health problems stemming from hormonal imbalances.

How does it help people with autism:

According Dr. Rachel West: Special-needs kids invariably benefit when their body’s elimination pathways are working optimally. Indeed, some of the most recent research suggests that the environment plays a powerful role in causing or exacerbating these health challenges that involve behavioral, neurological and physical symptoms. The nice thing is that far infrared actually penetrates at cellular levels so it will help clean out organ tissues and disconnect cells from toxins that may be blocking pathways and at very low heat, which is safe for children.

How long before we start seeing benefits:

According to our friends at Sunlighten: Stick with it for long-term benefits. Just as with exercise or eating healthy, sauna use takes time and consistency to see results. You may not even sweat the first few times you use your sauna, but know that sweating (and the detox that comes with it) will increase over time, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and healthy.

How much does it cost: 

A solo infrared system can start around $750 and range up to $5,000 for a multi-person system. Some local clinics and spas offer individual sessions that can cost around $60 per session.

GR’s preferred brand: Sunlighten

GR’s recommended experts: Rachel West, D.O. and Amy Myers, M.D.

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