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Are Saunas Good For Arthritis?

Finding ways to ease the pain and suffering caused by arthritis helps to give you a better quality of life and many people are seeking natural methods to do this…. So, is a sauna good for arthritis? Below is information on infrared saunas and arthritis including whether sauna is good for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. 

iHealth Saunas has been supplying top quality saunas to Australians since 2008. We are Australia’s longest-running infrared sauna company however we don’t just sell saunas. We work with our clients to help them achieve their health and wellbeing goals and overcome their health challenges. We are passionate about the positive difference infrared saunas can make in people’s lives and provide ongoing support through webinars and an online support group. If you or someone you know suffers from arthritis and you want to know if infrared saunas can help, here is what you need to know.

Infrared Saunas and Arthritis 

There are many different types of arthritis with symptoms that vary, so depending on the type of arthritis you have will determine if infrared saunas will help to ease those symptoms and how effectively. 

Studies have shown the effects of infrared saunas in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, resulting in short-term improvement of pain and stiffness, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects.

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The most common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and inflammation and the good news is that regular infrared sauna use has been shown to ease both. Here is how infrared saunas can help with two of the most common types of arthritis: 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Is a sauna good for rheumatoid arthritis? Infrared saunas have been shown to increase blood circulation which in turn helps to move oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. One of the benefits of this is that it can help to reduce inflammation. Because rheumatoid arthritis is inflammatory arthritis, using infrared saunas may be beneficial when it comes to easing symptoms. 

A 2009 study showed that infrared sauna use helped with pain and stiffness, improved mood and participants of the study also reported that they felt comfortable during and after sauna sessions. 


Is sauna good for osteoarthritis?’ Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Heat is one of the most effective treatment methods so infrared sauna sessions can be extremely beneficial - especially when it comes to easing pain and stiff joints. Because infrared saunas also promote relaxation this can help bring sufferers out of the stress response which also provides relief.   

It is important to note that with any health condition, we do recommend speaking to your doctor before using saunas to ensure it is safe for you to do so.

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Pain relief is the #1 reason people invest in our saunas. When you contact us we will work with you to determine the right model for your needs and will provide tailored usage guidelines to ensure get the most out of your sauna and achieve the best results possible. 

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