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Athletic Benefits via Infrared and Halotherapy

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Athletic Benefits of Infrared Sauna Use:

"One study demonstrated that a 30min session, 2xs a week for 3 weeks post workout, increased the time that it took for study participants to run until exhaustion by 32% compared to baseline.” Dr. Rhonda Patrick.

When used regularly, saunas are known to improve athlete endurance and tolerance levels for anaerobic exercises, as well as lead to greater physical performance in general. The heat emitted from an infrared sauna penetrates deep into the body and causes the heart rate to increase, which is a great way to work out your cardiovascular system without putting stress on a sore or injured body. According to the American Medical Association, 'many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of indoor saunas may impact a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.'

For athletes and those on fitness regimens, a sauna can be a supplemental method of burning calories (around 500 calories per sauna session! -Journal of American Medical Association report), a way of getting rid of fat cells and a means of boosting the metabolism. Saunas should not be used as a replacement for a traditional cardio workout, but make a great follow up to a workout as well as a way to stay fit while injuries prevent athletic mobility.

The actual amount of calories burned off in the sauna can be measured by measuring transpiration. Every gram of transpiration uses 0.586 Cal -Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology. The average person will sweat off half a liter during a session in an infrared sauna. That is equivalent to 1,000 grams, or over 500 calories.

The relaxing effect that deep penetrating infrared heat has on tired, sore or damaged athlete muscles is manifold. The blood vessel dilation and increased circulation brought on by the heat will help tired muscles repair and strengthen themselves more efficiently. Also, the loosening of the muscles, reduction in lactic acids and decreased swelling that are induced by the heat will ease the pain of tight or worn muscles.

FIR (far infrared) sauna’s provide the ideal way for an athlete to have a thorough warm-up to increase flexibility and prevent unnecessary injury. When tissues are warmed to 112 degrees Fahrenheit and then stretched, they retain roughly 0.5-0.9% of their length indefinitely. Thus 20 stretching sessions can result in a 10-18% increase in the length of tissues that are stretched in conjunction with infrared heat. (Justus Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold.)

The heat from the infrared rays is able to go deep into the joints of an ailing athlete. As the heat relaxes the muscles around the joint, less strain and pressure is placed on the region. This helps improve their ability to repair and heal."

- Salt and Sweat

Athletes Performance Can Benefit from HaloTherapy

Research and studies have demonstrated the beneficial value of the micro climate of salt booths in shielding our bodies against viral infections, in balancing our immune system, in the enhancement of sport performance and in the following disorders:

Respiratory infections, Cardiovascular diseases, Immune system diseases, Gastrointestinal diseases, Skin diseases, Nervous system disorders, Disorders of metabolism and as a drug-free treatment for asthma, bronchitis, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and sinusitis.

The primary goal of every athlete is to achieve their absolute, maximum potential. HaloTherapy (Salt Therapy) has been found to aid in Sport Performance Enhancement. One of the most important determinants of whether this is possible is an optimum breathing pattern and lung capacity.

As an athlete, you know that every advantage counts. When you want to win, you need that edge. Salt Therapy can help you get that edge over the competition. The primary goal of every athlete is to achieve their absolute, maximum potential. To achieve this an athlete needs an optimum breathing pattern and lung capacity.

When an athlete has poor breathing patterns it may:

(1) Reduce stamina and performance

(2) Increase the likelihood of injury in training and competition

(3) Increase the production of lactic acid and subsequently leaves the athlete with residual muscle soreness

(4) Increase dehydration

(5) Increase the occurrence of cramps

(6) Greatly increase recovery time ‘

(7) Limit gaseous exchange in the lungs

(8) Elevate the heart rate

(9) Increase anxiety

(10) Decrease concentration

(11) Deplete energy levels

(12) Contribute to poor sleep patterns

Halotherapy (Salt therapy) successfully addresses these factors. Once an athlete has optimized their breathing they can achieve better performance.

HaloTherapy, as part of an active sports program, helps increase lung function and breathing capacity while preventing and treating many underlying respiratory weaknesses among athletes. Athletes find that once they have optimized their breathing, they can achieve better performance, using less breath. This means they have more air in reserve to achieve outstanding performance.

Clinical Trials have shown that Salt Therapy is effective in:

(1) Clearing mucous from the airways thus removing airflow obstruction

(2) Enhancing the mucous clearance mechanism in both asthmatic and healthy subjects

(3) Maintaining clear airways (4) Providing anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects in the whole respiratory tract

(5) Reducing bronchial sensitization and improving lung function

(6) Helping to clear unwanted, inhaled particles from the respiratory tract

Integrating Halotherapy into a training routine can induce better lung function, improve performance, while preventing and treating many underlying respiratory weaknesses among athletes.

Why not get the edge? All athletes, regardless of the sport or level they play can benefit from HaloTherapy prior and after a competition.

- ezinarticles

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