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Infrared Sauna Therapy

INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY

Frequently Asked Questions


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An infrared sauna uses infrared light waves to penetrate through the skin barrier, deep into the body, raising the body's core temperature.
Infrared sauna treatments, like traditional saunas, cause increased sweating and heart rate.


HOW IS AN INFRARED SAUNA DIFFERENT THAN A CONVENTIONAL SAUNA?

An infrared sauna differs from traditional saunas because the infrared light waves penetrate through the skin into the body, heating the body directly. Traditional saunas raise body temperature by heating the around you.
Infrared saunas do not heat the air around you, and produce results at lower temperatures than a traditional sauna. In fact, you can comfortably read a book or magazine during your sauna treatment!


WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF INFRARED SAUNA?
Potential benefits of infrared sauna may include:
  • Less inflammation
  • Relief of stress
  • Relaxation of muscles
  • Reduction of chronic pain, including pain from arthritis
  • Enhanced detoxification
  • Improved heart and brain function
  • Increased calorie burning
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Lowered side effects in Diabetes
  • Reduction of coughs/colds and Influenza
  • Overall improved well-being


WHO MIGHT BENEFIT FROM INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY?

As sweating is one of the most powerful detoxification tools of the body, anyone may benefit from infrared sauna treatments.

Some studies have shown benefits of infrared sauna therapy for people with:
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • congestive heart failure
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • chronic muscle and joint pain
  • poor digestion
  • chronic depression and anger

OUR  INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY USES FAR-INFRARED LIGHT,
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? 
All infrared sauna therapy is not the same!  There are different levels of infrared light: near, middle, and far.  These different levels represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the intensity of the treatment.
While near-infrared light may be helpful for wound healing and may help to warm the body. far-infrared light penetrates deeper in the body producing more sweat.  Potential benefits may include improved circulation, muscle relaxation, and enhanced detoxification.

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT EMR (ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION) OR ELECTRICAL FIELDS)?

Our Finnleo® far-infrared sauna uses Pure Infra technology, which was developed to take the worry out of unnecessary exposure to EMR and EF. The electrical field in a Pure Infra is less than you’d experience from a computer screen or cell phone.

Are you ready to start infrared sauna therapy?
Give our office a call at 231-638-5585.


Carin Nielsen, MD Integrative Medicine I use an Integrative/Functional Medicine approach with my patients to treat a variety of chronic medical conditions.  Holistic therapies such as Infrared Sauna are just one way that we help patients "think outside the box". Treating symptoms simply by prescribing medication as a “band-aid” does not address the underlying factors that contributed your problems in the first place, and is not likely to provide lasting results. My approach involves getting "under the surface” (using assessments like estrogen metabolite testing) to find and correct underlying imbalances. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-638-5585.
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Three reasons it's time to consider Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and can be traced back for at least 2,500 years.

The general theory of Acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow through the body that are essential for health. This energy is referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”). Disruptions of the flow of energy/Qi are believed to be responsible for disease.

Acupuncture works to correct imbalances of energy/Qi flow by stimulating anatomical points on the body. These points are stimulated using very thin, solid metallic needles placed at identifiable points close to the skin. The needles may be manipulated by the practitioner’s hands or by electrical stimulation.

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Three reasons it’s time to consider Acupuncture.

#1 NEARLY EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE.

Regardless of your health history and physical background, almost anyone is a candidate for acupuncture. If you have an ailment, acupuncture can help relieve it. If you feel well, acupuncture can help you maintain wellness, boost immunity and manage stress.

#2 THE BENEFITS OF AN ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT OFTEN GO FAR BEYOND THE REASON YOU BOOK IT.

While localized pain such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain are common reasons for seeking acupuncture treatments, the treatment itself provides full-body benefits. Many different acupuncture points are stimulated throughout the body. Those who participate in Acupuncture often report an overall feeling of calm, relaxation and well-being after their treatment

#3 ACUPUNCTURE IS A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.

While prescription medication may sometimes be necessary, the risk of adverse reactions and potential side effects can be staggering (all you have to do is turn on the television at night to hear the long lists of medication side effects that permeate commercials). Acupuncture can provide a safe and effective alternative with much less risk and few negative side effects. In addition, Acupuncture has been proven to treat the side effects of many chemotherapies, especially nausea and vomiting.

Are you ready to start your trial of Acupuncture? Contact our office or visit our website for more information.

Yours in Health,
Carin Nielsen, MD



Carin Nielsen, MD Integrative MedicineLooking for a personalized approach to your healthcare? I use an Integrative/Functional Medicine approach with my patients to treat a variety of chronic medical conditions. Treating symptoms and chronic disease simply by prescribing medication doesn't address the underlying factors that contributed your problems in the first place, and is not likely to provide lasting results. My approach involves getting "under the surface" to find and correct underlying imbalances. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-638-5585.
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The Healing Power of Acupuncture Never Ceases to Amaze Me


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Last week, I ran into a patient of mine as she was leaving the office after her third acupuncture treatment with Price DiGiulio, MS, LAc. I had recommended acupuncture a few weeks prior as an adjunctive treatment for her depression. She had been struggling with low motivation and energy, decreased appetite and weight loss as part of a mixed depression/grief reaction over the past year. Despite taking two anti-depressants she was not getting adequate relief of her symptoms.

Before speaking a word it was obvious that the acupuncture was working well for her. There was a brightness in her eyes and facial expression that was not there before.  She appeared more awake, alert and calm. When I asked her how her treatments were going she said “Very well, I’m feeling much better, but what really struck me is that after my last treatment I went home and was starving! I was so hungry I couldn’t get enough to eat. I can’t remember the last time I experienced hunger like that.”

My face turned into one big smile - this is the part where my job gets really cool. What this patient didn’t know is that Price and I had discussed her case prior to her last appointment (she had signed a release for us to do so). We compared our assessments and discussed her care plan – this is Integrative Medicine at it’s best.  I mentioned to Price that her weight loss and lack of appetite were becoming more concerning and were the symptoms that seemed the most difficult to treat with prescription medication. He said he would try specific points to stimulate her appetite. Obviously it worked.

How does acupuncture work?

This is how I explain Acupuncture to my patients:

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced chee).  Qi is thought of as life energy flowing through the body along channels known as meridians. According to Traditional Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked. Through acupuncture, specific points on the body are stimulated to “unblock” or balance the flow of Qi through the meridians.

Looking for a more scientific explanation? When needles are inserted (they are not inserted very deep), they stimulate nerve receptors that transmit impulses to the brain. Depending upon where the needles are inserted, different receptors and areas of the brain can be influenced. Choosing specific points can stimulate the release and balance of various chemicals, neurotransmitters and hormones from the brain that regulate various processes in the body, including digestion, mood, perception of pain, energy, well-being, sleep, inflammation and more.

It is thought that acupuncture works for the treatment of chronic pain by stimulating the area of the brain that releases endorphins, natural pain-killing hormones (I have read that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine). For treatment of depression, acupuncture is thought to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters that regulate serotonin (a major mood-affecting chemical). 

Acupuncture is prescribed in our office for a variety of symptoms and conditions. As a bonus - when your physician and acupuncturist are working together you are able to get the "best of both worlds".  To learn more about acupuncture or inquire about an appointment contact us at 231-638-5585 or visit our website http://www.carinnielsenmd.com/integrative-therapies/acupuncture.

 

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