Below are some of the situations when it is not advised to use an infrared sauna.
Let’s talk for a few minutes about when it’s not advised for you to use a sauna. As reported in the section on children, an infrared sauna is not advised for use by children under the age of 15 or 16. You read in the section on skin when it’s not advisable to use the sauna for extreme cases of eczema; however, you also read that while initial sitting in an infrared sauna may make the eczema worse, continued use will actually help it to improve. Other than those times, what are some other instances when you shouldn’t use a sauna? Here is a general listing:
- When you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- When you have a gastro-intestinal flu, are vomiting, or have diarrhea. Under these conditions your body is usually dehydrated and sitting in the sauna can take more fluids out of your system making you more dehydrated;
- If you have a high risk pregnancy; or,
- If you are dizzy and/or disoriented.
Researchers agree that far-infrared rays help increase blood flow and local temperature of the body. Habib et al (2007) state, “The penetrating infrared energy brings nutrients and oxygen to the soft tissue region being treated and at the same time stimulates the removal of accumulated toxins.” The authors site several studies reflecting the healing nature of far-infrared rays for the management of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, coronary risk factors, vascular endothelial function, and atherosclerosis. This case study also warns against localized use of far-infrared heaters for one particular area of the body after a 48 year old woman sustained deep burns on her ankle after 40 minutes of use with an additional attachment of a ‘far-infrared jade node’ that was connected to the infrared system. The authors warn against prolonged usage of direct placement of far-infrared nodes to the skin. Safety precautions included with manufacturer directions should be followed along with proper medical supervision when far-infrared sauna units are used in medical practice (Habib et al, 2007).