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Sauna Benefits for Seniors

benefits of the sauna for seniorsThe elderly are affected by chronic ailments and varying diseases such as RA, pain from falls and injuries, chronic back and joint pain, regular arthritis, elevated blood pressure, heart issues, sleep disorders and many other common conditions. Lifestyle habits and diet changes help in the overall treatment of these conditions. While those are great, the addition of the good, old-fashioned technique such as heat therapy cannot be understated. Saunas are a great way to utilize the benefits of heat therapy. Those who have always used a sauna regularly can continue the habit right up into old age. However, if you suffer from heart problems, a vascular complaint, high blood pressure or vein troubles, you should first talk to a doctor who understands saunas, as your body could react differently – and unexpectedly – depending on what medication you’re taking. Heat therapy can be a safe and natural alternative therapy used in the treatment of a variety of health problems such as arthritis, circulation problems, high blood pressure, heart issues, skin eruptions from thinned skin, all types of pain relief from muscle pain and spasms to shoulder or joint stiffness caused by a variety of chronic conditions. Heat therapy also benefits the elderly’s body by boosting the immune system, detoxing through perspiration, allowing for lymph system flow, healing by increased circulation of warm, oxygenated blood and by reducing tension and stress and aiding in a great nights sleep.

Benefits include:

  • Helping the body remove toxins through perspiration
  • Reducing tension and stress
  • Improving lymphatic flow
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Increasing the circulation of blood deep in the tissues

People of all ages could benefit by adding heat therapy/sauna into their daily/weekly heath routines. However, the safety and comfort of the individual is foremost, regardless of the person’s age.