When I opened my PT practice, Surfer’s Edge Physical Therapy, in 2013, I thought it would be a good idea to include a treadmill in my clinic for gait and running analysis. But , 5 years after the fact, I can honestly say I had used the treadmill maybe 6-10 times total with my clients OR myself for exercise. The funny thing, when I asked myself ‘why not’? It was that ultimately, treadmill ambulation is mechanically so different from land-based ambulation, that I never really wanted my clients to be on the treadmill and when I did get around to running a little on it, my body just didn’t feel right.
Turns out that little inkling I had felt about ‘not feeling right’ running on the treadmill is being proven over and over again in current research (click HERE to read a cool article about treadmill performance), and, rather than letting my treadmill turn into something that collected dust, I decided to sell it and buy something far more supportive and beneficial for my degenerative spine - an infrared sauna.
For those of you who haven’t heard about infrared light therapy and its benefits, let me bring you up to speed. Infrared refers to light wavelengths between 6-14 microns. For humans, our eyes do not have the capacity to visually see this wavelength of light, but we can feel it as heat. Recent research has identified infrared light therapy as a healing modality aiding in healing processes such as:
In addition, for those of you who live in a cold climate, have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or simply are looking for a way to get your core body temperature back up after surfing in cold water, this type of sauna is great because it takes approximately 10 minutes to warm up and can be used in your home or garage on a regular 120 volt outlet.
So over the holidays this past year, I took the proceeds from my treadmill sale, a gift card I’d been gifted from a family member, hopped on Amazon Prime, and bought a 2 person JNH far infrared sauna (yes, Amazon Prime, to take advantage of free shipping). Hands down it’s been the best $1049.00 (total!) investment I have made in a long time. Why?
The downsides of buying an infrared sauna: My electricity bill has gone up. Maybe 20 bucks? Which you could argue is a little bit of an investment. But like I said INVESTING in your health IS healthcare. So for me, I’m okay with it.
Below is the link to the sauna I purchased, as well as some scientific research that better explains infrared light technology. Click on the image below if you're interested in ordering one.
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