Heat Acclimation For Sports and Endurance Athletes
Heat acclimation is commonly used for pain management and treating musculoskeletal sports injury in endurance athletes. Heat therapy is especially useful because it is a non-invasive way to offer trauma and injury support to sportsmen. Here are some of the obvious benefits of heat acclimation for sports-related wounds and injuries.
- It helps reduce muscle and bone pain
- It reduces muscle and joint stiffness
- Reduces muscle spasm
- Increases microcirculation of oxygen-rich blood flow to the damaged site
- Promotes cell regeneration and muscle recovery
Let’s look at each of these in detail.
It helps reduce Muscle, Bone pain and Joint Stiffness
Heat therapy, especially one that can deeply penetrate the skin, will relieve aching muscles, loosen stiff joints and alleviate bone pain. For this reason, many endurance athletes use infrared saunas to sit back and relax and let the heat penetrate their skin up to 2 to 7 cm. This deep heat ultimately helps to promote faster muscle recovery.
It Increases Blood Circulation
Heat therapy improves vasodilation and blood circulation. Oxygen-rich blood is then carried to the damaged areas, where it is able to promote faster healing of injured tissues. This wound healing ability is tried and tested with infrared saunas after an athlete or a layman has suffered a sprain or any other sports injury. For this reason, red and infrared light is a common therapy for injured athletes. Along with saunas, they also use infrared lamps that radiate infrared light that catalyzed cell regeneration and wound healing.
Instant Pain Relief
Unlike harmful UV light, infrared light is completely safe for sauna users. Far infrared has an impact on the cellular activity of the body, promoting faster cell repair and regeneration. The deep heat and light effect of infrared therapy can restore the natural sensory threshold and also exert an analgesic effect, offering immediate pain relief, which is hard to attain through other methods.
There is immense scope for rebuilding nerves and nylon sheath with FIR therapy. FIR therapy is known to promote nerve repair following end-to-end neuropathy. Studies have shown that FIR is able to regenerate neural tissue over a larger expanse, with nerve fibers with higher diameters and thicker myelin sheath.
How To Access Heat Therapy?
Now you can use infrared light and heat therapy through infrared saunas that are now available in both sit-up ad lie-down models. You can take these portable products anywhere and create a relaxing sauna experience for yourself anywhere you want. You can also use infrared lamps to promote faster recovery. These infrared products can be used in collaboration with supplements that help to endorse musculoskeletal health.