02.13.2017

Vital Health Saunas review | How I’m using infrared sauna for fibromyalgia and Lyme

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Heating pads, electric blankets and hot baths are top pain-fighting tools for many of us with fibromyalgia – myself included. A couple of months ago, I decided to increase my use of heat therapy and invest in an infrared sauna at the suggestion of my Lyme/fibromyalgia doctor. There are many benefits to using an infrared sauna, but I specifically purchased mine for pain relief and detoxification. My doctor explained that using an infrared sauna would help me to flush out toxins as the Lyme bacteria dies off during treatment, reducing my overall symptoms. There’s some research indicating using an infrared sauna may be beneficial for reducing fibromyalgia pain as well.

How I'm using an infrared sauna for fibromyalgia and Lyme, including a Vital Health Saunas review! | Fed Up with Fatigue

Knowing nothing about infrared saunas, my hubby and I spent a few days researching various infrared sauna brands and features until we finally settled on Vital Health Saunas. We chose Vital Health Saunas for several reasons. Unlike some of the cheaper brands sold by big-box stores, Vital Health Saunas uses untreated wood, and they don’t use toxic glues for adhering the wood panels together. That was important to me because I’m using the sauna to detox, and I didn’t want to expose myself to even more chemicals. Vital’s saunas also have durable carbon heaters for better heat distribution, are energy efficient and emit extremely low EMF levels (unlike some other brands).

We purchased the three-person commercial Premier Corner Sauna in Canadian hemlock. The interior smells wonderful – like fresh-cut wood! Our sauna includes two benches, so my hubby and I can use the sauna together, but more often than not, it’s me and two of my cats. Yes, you read that right. Two of my cats are completely obsessed with using the sauna! They literally run to the sauna door every night, and then hog one of the benches for themselves.

But don’t worry, no cats were harmed in the research for this post! They typically spend about 10-15 minutes in the sauna while it’s still heating up, then go to the door when they’re ready to be let out. I was a little concerned about them getting into the sauna at first, but I read that some vets actually recommend infrared technology for healing, and there are even mini infrared saunas for pets! Who knew?!?

Our sauna came with built-in chromotherapy (color therapy) and magnetic flux therapy. It also has an AM/FM/CD stereo system and an outlet to plug in mobile devices.

Vital Health Saunas’ pricing was slightly better than other companies that sell comparable saunas of the same quality. However, some features like chromotherapy come standard with Vital Health Saunas, whereas I would have had to pay extra for that if I had bought from another company. I ended up being able to purchase a larger, three-person sauna for around the same price of a smaller model sold by Vital’s competitors.

Buying an infrared sauna is an investment. Prices range from around $2,500 to $5,000, depending on the size of the sauna. I’ll be paying off an evil credit card company for the next several months, but I think the health benefits are worth it. I don’t regret my purchase one bit!

A freight truck delivered our sauna to our curb on a wooden pallet in several large boxes. Assembly was pretty quick and easy. All of the pieces basically snap together with metal hinges. It’s definitely a two-person job, and it took us about an hour to get everything set up.

Because we purchased a commercial unit that was on sale, my hubby had to run some special wiring to accommodate the extra voltage needed, but many of Vital Health Saunas’ units can be plugged into a standard wall outlet.

I’ve used the sauna every night since I’ve had it, and I love it! I typically spend about 45 minutes in the sauna and have worked up to about 135°F. That probably sounds extremely hot, but it’s still relatively comfortable because it’s a dry heat, unlike the traditional steam saunas you may have used at the gym or spa.

The greatest benefit I’ve experienced with infrared sauna is pain relief. It’s winter here in Delaware now, and if you’ve got fibromyalgia and live in a colder climate, then you know that sometimes the cold can literally make your bones ache. It’s so hard to get rid of that feeling because nothing seems to penetrate deep enough, but the sauna takes that pain away within a few minutes. There have been days when I was in so much pain that I stopped work early to go get into the sauna for some relief. For that cold-to-the-bone pain, the sauna works better than anything else ever has for me, including prescription drugs and cannabis. Some days, I just want to set up a workstation inside the sauna and stay there, but I don’t think my hubby would appreciate what that would do to our electric bill! Sigh.

During my reviews, I usually include one or two negatives, but I really don’t have any in this case.  Vital Health Saunas’ customer service has been top notch. When our sauna was delivered, the wooden box that holds the stereo system was cracked, and the company quickly sent us out a replacement.

Greg Baumgartner, the owner of Vital Health Saunas, was super helpful in assisting me with choosing the right model. He has always been available via phone or email to answer any questions that we may have. It’s not very often that you get to actually interact with a company’s owner these days. I really appreciated that level of personalization, and I was happy to purchase my sauna from a U.S.-based company.

If you’re interested in learning more about using infrared sauna for fibromyalgia, here are some links to get you started:

Vital Health Saunas: What is an infrared sauna and how is it different than a traditional sauna? 

University Health News: Infrared sauna therapy shows impressive pain-reducing results (This link includes research using infrared sauna for fibromyalgia.)

HealthRising: Can heat therapy reduce fibromyalgia pain? 

Have you ever used an infrared sauna? Did it help your fibromyalgia symptoms? Please share in the comments below! 

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Comments

  1. If you are on a budget, you can build your own near infrared sauna at home – for less than $100. You can find the instructions here, it’s simple: http://www.infrared-light-therapy.com/build-your-own-infrared-sauna/

  2. Lisa Radelet says:

    Donna, I’ve considered getting a hot tub because any kind of heat helps so much with my pain. Even just getting in the bathtub. But do you think that this dry infrared heat is even better? Better for pain relief or better because it’s also helping you get rid of toxins? (Which I guess a hot tub or bath wouldn’t be doing.)

  3. Hi anyone got advice for me please.last Friday my 90 yr old mum went into hospital with a severe chest infection by tuesday she felt much better and told the dr’s when asked if she had 24 her care she could come home. She told them yes!! Huge fib. She has lived independently with my sister and I looking in several times a day and occasionally cooking for her. So now my sister is sleeping over and I’m there cooking lunch and supper.till 8 at night. It is of course catching up on me and today I am really struggling. She is getting better but won’t admit it as she is loving being looked after and ‘goes downhill’ if we suggest that she will be ok for an hour or so. This does not bode well for me and my sister cannot do 24/7. Help please she pays lip service to my pain and then demands I straighten the bed or similar.i am soooo tired.

  4. Bonnie Brackus says:

    Where do you even try one of these infrared saunas, beside a showroom that sells them. Never heard of this before. I live in an apartment, could not have one installed anyway. I am always looking to try something else for fibromyalgia and everything that goes with it. I have a close friend that has a new house that has a sauna in her basement, offered use to me, that came with house. Wonder if its infrared? Worth checking into. Thanks for bringing to front of news!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      Some tanning salons, spas, etc. have them for public use. I would google “infrared sauna” and your location and see what comes up. They do make portable infrared saunas. Sunlighten has one: http://www.sunlighten.com/solo-system/

      The smaller 1-2 person wooden saunas might also work in a rental. They don’t require special wiring and you can just unsnap the pieces when you’re ready to move. The assembly is really easy. That’s what we’ll be doing whenever we move.

  5. Lorie says:

    We have an infrared sauna to help deal with my back pain and fibromyalgia. I rarely use it because I freeze after I get out. I was told to wait at least 10 minutes to shower because it allows your pores to close again. I am very sensitive to temperature changes. How do you deal with this?

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      I was told the exact opposite about showering – that you want to do it right away b/c otherwise the toxins you’ve sweated out just sit on your skin and absorb back into your body. I take a warm shower as soon as I get out of the sauna. The whole “wait 10 minutes so your pores will close” advice sounds really odd to me. I don’t know why it would matter one way or another for your pores to be closed?!? 🙂

  6. Hi Donna,

    Years ago, living in Canada and suffering with bone chilling cold and pain that the climate and the fibromyalgia exacerbated, I very much appreciated my infrared sauna. It definitely helped.

    The group that helped me to resolve the numerous unresolved issues in my life that were making me so very ill with Fibromyalgia also recommended using an infrared sauna. So grateful to be in remission.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  7. So interesting! We have visited a local hot tub oasis and have considered getting a personal hot tub. (I still get a bit grossed out thinking of all the other bodies that have marinated in those tubs…..) But this sounds like a great idea. So glad you shared it. I bet my kitty would be using it with me too!

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