Muscle / Back / Joint Pain Relief
Muscles and joints provide support and help you move. Any damage to them from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain.
With respect to joint pain, many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles to your shoulders. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.
Muscle pain may develop from a muscle injury or from excessive strain on a particular muscle or muscle group, ligament or tendon. Other causes include injury to intervertebral disc, general fatigue, repetitive motions, poor posture, medical conditions (including heart attack, stomach irritation, and lack of activity (such as a broken arm in a sling). Symptoms usually involve muscle pain with specific "trigger" or "tender" points. The pain can be made worse with activity or stress. In addition to the local or regional pain associated with muscular pain, people can suffer from depression, fatigue and behavioral disturbances.
Both muscular and Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may go away after a few weeks (acute), or last for several weeks or months (chronic). Even short-term pain and swelling can affect your quality of life. Whatever the cause of the pain, you can usually manage it with medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments. Here at Microspa, we have several different options for you to help you manage your pain, without the use of harmful medications.
Our iSLIM, in addition to providing detoxification and weight loss benefits, also helps tremendously with full body muscular and joint pain. The treatment uses infrared heat that penetrates into the muscles and joints, to reduce inflammation and provide soothing relief. Our Hydration Spa Capsule also uses infrared heat to provide full body pain relief. And if you are looking for pain relief specifically related to your back or neck, our Therasage massage bed uses not only infrared heat, but also negative ions, and makes an excellent choice to alleviate back pain.
About Infrared Heat:
One of the reported benefits of infrared heat (otherwise known as FIR, or radiant heat) is that it helps to relieve pain better than the more topical, less absorbent heat that we are exposed to, like the heat that comes from our furnace in the winter. It has been studied by NASA scientists and is widely used in medicine and natural healing today.
Infrared heat works differently from conventional heat also in that it does not "transfer" heat from a heating source, but rather it distributes it more evenly because it "radiates" the heat outward. It does not need a secondary transference method to warm an area, a person, a small room, or whatever the purpose might be.
Because the method is much more direct and efficient, it is thought to be a superior pain relief method to conventional heat. It also happens to be a "green" choice when used as a heater for the home because it is so much more energy efficient.
If you`ve ever heard of infrared heat based saunas, or have ever tried one, then you will understand. You can stay in an infrared sauna longer and reap greater benefits because the air around you does not reach blistering temperatures like in a traditional sauna.
Athletes have been known to use this type of heat to relieve aches, pains and strains, and also to help move along the healing process because it is believed to help make circulation more efficient. As you may know, wounds heal faster with better circulation, and this is also true of muscle and tissue trauma.
Infrared heat has only recently been discovered to have potential health benefits beyond just a relaxing pastime that is used in spas and gyms across the world. Although some refute this as being just as good as regular heat, there are many who say they notice the difference.
This type of heat warms you directly, rather than strictly warming the air around you, so it just doesn`t feel as hot in the surrounding environment, making it more tolerable. Of course, this theory of greater therapeutic benefit is debatable, but there are a lot of people who swear by its superior healing benefits.
Claims have also been made that Infrared heat therapy may benefit cancer patients, those with cardiac health problems, stress and anxiety reduction, and even cellulite and skin improvement, which appeals to those with health and appearance interests.
Infrared heat has also shown to be quite beneficial to those with arthritis, providing short term pain relief with no adverse side effects, and providing stimulation to the circulatory system that they can`t otherwise experience because of their physical limitations.