How to Use Infrared Heat for Arthritis


Infrared rays can penetrate over an inch and a half into the body, providing relief to structures deep inside. This makes infrared treatment a very helpful therapy for people suffering from arthritis. Since the body responds to the heat by increasing metabolism, heart rate, and cardiac output, treating the entire body with infrared rays is like enduring a workout, which is good for people with arthritis who can't move easily to perform a standard physical workout.

Things You'll Need

  • Infrared sauna
  • Infrared hand-held devices

Decide what type of infrared product you will need to treat your arthritis. There are a wide variety of products on the market to treat arthritis with infrared technology. If you need to treat the entire body, you should opt for an infrared sauna, which will deeply penetrate the entire body and relax joints and muscles. If the arthritis is located in only a specific joint, choose a product that will target only that area. There are a wide variety of gloves, socks and joint bands available to help treat your arthritis pain.

Start out slowly when using the new infrared product. While it is safe to use the infrared products for many hours a day, it is a good idea to only use them for a few hours the first day, slowly building up to using the infrared products for the maximum number of hours over a period of time.

Use an infrared wand on the injured or sore area to help relieve pain. This is a good alternative to the infrared clothing options, especially if the arthritis is located in a hard to reach joint, such as your hip or elbow. The infrared wands usually have a more intense ray, so you only need to use it for a fraction of the time you would need to wear the infrared clothing.

Tailor the infrared product to exactly where you have pain, and adapt the treatment to the times when you have the most pain. For example, if you have rheumatoid arthritis in your hands, wear the gloves when you are performing acts that cause you the most pain. This may be when you are typing, sewing, or performing other repetitive functions with your hands.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear the infrared ray garments for up to 8-10 hours a day for maximum results. There are no side effects for this type of treatment, so it is safe to use for that many hours.

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