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All About Wounds

A wound is the result of an impact on the body that breaks the skin and damages the tissue. The body works to heal wounds in a methodical way, but some are more serious than others.

As soon as an injury like a cut happens, the blood clots. Next, white blood cells work to kill any bacteria to prevent infection. Over time, collagen works to ultimately help seal the wound, sometimes with the help of stitches. But how long that entire process takes depends on the severity of the wound. Sometimes it can take months or even years.

The question is, are there ways to help expedite the process?

Infrared Sauna For Wound Healing

The first thing most people do when they get wounded or injured is to clean the area and put antibacterial ointment or a bandage on it. This is effective for smaller wounds that don’t require stitches. If stitches are needed, the healing process may take longer. However, besides the ointment and bandage treatment, there are other ways to help the wound healing process.

One of those ways is by using an infrared sauna. The power of infrared light on the body and its beneficial effects is tried and true.

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How Does an Infrared Sauna Help Wound Healing?

An infrared sauna is great for reducing the time for wound healing and for reducing the appearance of scars.

The infrared light that is emitted from within the sauna has a profound effect on cell regeneration due to increased mitochondrial potential and human tissue growth. Infrared light in an infrared sauna is broken down into three parts–near, mid, and far-infrared.

Near-infrared is the shortest wavelength that penetrates the skin at the superficial level, helping to promote anti-inflammatory processes, improved skin health, and wound healing

Mid-infrared has a longer wavelength than near-infrared, penetrating the tissue. Some of the benefits include increased circulation and blood flow.

Far infrared, the farthest wavelength in the infrared light spectrum, penetrates the body at the cellular level and has various cardiovascular, autoimmune, and pain relief benefits.

According to a 2016 study titled ‘Noninvasive red and near‐infrared wavelength‐induced photobiomodulation: promoting impaired cutaneous wound healing:

Near‐infrared (800–830 nm) was found to be the most effective and widely studied wavelength range followed by red (630–680 nm) and 904 nm superpulsed light exhibiting beneficial photobiomodulatory effects on impaired dermal wound healing.”

While each type of infrared light has its own unique properties and benefits, near-infrared is best for wound healing.

Additionally, another study titled “Biological effects and medical applications of infrared radiation” states that:

“Increasing evidence suggests that IR can carry out photostimulation and photobiomodulation effects particularly benefiting neural stimulation, wound healing, and cancer treatment.”

The evidence is clear that infrared light, especially from near-infrared, can truly aid in helping wounds heal.

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Healing With Health Mate

Health Mate was the first company to sell infrared saunas in the U.S. and continues to be the leader in the industry. Our full spectrum infrared saunas deliver all three types of infrared light, including near-infrared, and all of its skin and wound healing benefits

We also have the safest and most effective saunas on the market with our low EMF heaters and patented Tecoloy heating technology. This type of heat delivers infrared light that can penetrate the skin up to 40% deeper and reaches the desired temperature fastest.

See our full line of saunas to choose the one that fits your lifestyle best.