Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disorder that is characterized by widespread pain and tenderness in different parts of the body. Although the disorder is chronic, research has proven that thermal therapy, infrared therapy and sauna bathing is beneficial for those suffering from this condition.
Thermal therapy has long been used to relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Research now shows that regular heat therapy using Infrared light or a sauna can have a very positive effect on this condition, contributing to lower levels of pain and an higher quality of life for those affected by the disorder. Researchers at the American College of Rheumatology conducted a 12 week long study where patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia where instructed to do a combination of sauna therapy and under water exercise. All participants reported significantly lower levels of pain and reduced symptoms in general as a result of the treatment. The reported reductions in pain was as much as 77%, and the improvements in the participants health also remained rather stable even six months later when a follow up study was done.