Muscle tension, though not necessarily a serious condition, can be both uncomfortable and painful if left alone.
There are many reasons you could be feeling tense and stiff, including stress - one of the major causes. Unfortunately, according to the Australian Psychological Society, at least one in five Aussies are reporting health issues related to stress, with financial, family and medical matters keeping us wound up the most.
So what can you do to help yourself?
Heat therapy has been known to help
One of the easiest ways to relieve stress-induced muscle tension is through the use of heat therapy. Applying heat either to a specific area of the body or through the use of a sauna has been a method of muscle treatment for quite some time.
According to Spine Health, heating your muscles helps dilate the blood vessels, thus allowing more oxygen and other nutrients to flow. This increase can then help the healing process, reducing any muscle pain or damage over time.
Heat therapy has also been known to alleviate stiffness in muscles by relaxing them and allowing them to stretch. This is especially great for lower back pain, as it can allow for greater flexibility and mobility.
Using a residential sauna to help muscles
Owning your own infrared sauna is a great way to be able to warm your body up in your own home - be it in your living room, bedroom or on your deck, with your favourite view all around you.
Our infrared saunas, such as those of our great Signature range, provide an even heat at a level of your choosing, thanks to our own unique Solocarbon™ heating technology. This allows your entire body to be immersed in the experience, whether you want an intensive session or a gentle, more meditative one.
An escape to your infrared sauna could help release endorphins in your brain - the body's natural pain-relieving chemical. These will assist relieving any pain you are feeling, as your increased blood flow and soothed muscles complete the treatment.
It’s never been so easy to have a sauna in your own home to enjoy after an intense work out or a hard, stressful day at the office.
*Sunlighten does not provide medical advice. We recommend you consult with a health care practitioner if you are unsure if using an infrared sauna is right for you. For best results, our saunas should be used in conjunction with an appropriate diet and exercise program. Individual results may vary.