Stefani Germanotta aka “Lady Gaga” has shed her previous mystique and become very open about herself over the the past few years. Part of her being open is sharing her struggle with fibromyalgia. This is a disorder causing musculoskeletal pain over the whole body as well as an array of other maladies including anxiety, drowsiness, and headaches. While there is no cure there are several treatments and recommendations including relaxation, exercise, and now regular sauna use. Lady Gaga has been a major online champion of using sauna to treat her fibromyalgia to treat her symptoms.
When my body goes into a spasm one thing I find really helps is infrared sauna. I’ve invested in one. They come in a large box form as well as a low coffin-like form and even some like electric blankets! You can also look around your community for a infrared sauna parlor or homeopathic center that has one. I combine this treatment with marley silver emergency blankets (seen in the photo) that trap in the heat and are very cheap, reusable and effective for detox as well as weight loss!
In another post she shared even more support for sauna use in treating chronic pain.
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I was so overwhelmed by the empathy, confessions & personal stories of chronic pain in response to my previous post I thought what the hell. Maybe I should just share some of my personal remedies I've acquired over the past five years. Everyone's body and condition is different U should consult w ure Dr. but what the heck here we go! When my body goes into a spasm one thing I find really helps is infrared sauna. I've invested in one. They come in a large box form as well as a low coffin-like form and even some like electric blankets! You can also look around your community for a infrared sauna parlor or homeopathic center that has one. I combine this treatment with marley silver emergency blankets (seen in the photo) that trap in the heat and are very cheap, reusable and effective for detox as well as weight loss! In order to not overheat my system and cause more inflammation i follow this with either a VERY cold bath, ice bath (if u can stand it, it's worth it) or the most environmentally savvy way is to keep many reusable cold packs in the freezer ( or frozen peas' n carrots'!) and pack them around the body in all areas of pain. Hope this helps some of you, it helps me to keep doing my passion, job and the things I love even on days when I feel like I can't get out of bed. Love you and thank you for all your positive messages.
For anyone new to saunas and wondering about the difference between an infrared sauna and traditional sauna, infrared saunas heat the body directly and more deeply by emitting rays that penetrate the body while keeping the air cooler. One of the advantages of infrared saunas is their practicality in the home, since they are relatively light, smaller, and more energy efficient than traditional saunas that indirectly heat the body by heating the air.
Health experts such as Dr. Rhonda Patrick and celebrities like Jennifer Aniston have been very vocal in their support of sauna use for a variety of benefits. Lady Gaga is one of the few vocal high profile individuals who is using the sauna for such a specific purpose and finding benefits.
A 12 week study at the American College of Rheumatology discovered that patients with fibromyalgia reported less pain when they were prescribed sauna therapy combined with underwater exercise. Reductions in pain up to 78% were reported, but virtually all of the patients reported long lasting pain relief in the study. Experts are recommending shorter and more frequent sauna sessions for maximum pain relief, also known as the “Japanese method”.
In addition to helping with pain sauna use has been shown to be associated with the following benefits.
- Heart health and lifespan
- Detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals
- Athletic recovery
- Muscle and arthritic pain relief
- Muscle gains and fat burning
- Immune system boosting
- Skin benefits
- Improved Sleep
- Increasing cardio
- Stress relief
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