No. We’re not claiming that! But the heat of a sauna does ease pain, increase mobility, and enhance feelings of well-being when used with a range of other treatments including diet, exercise and medication.
In a report submitted to The Annals of Clinical Research Volume 20 in 1988, Dr. H. Isomäki discussed research results related to the benefits of sauna bathing for temporary relief of pain and increased mobility. In the study, pain relief was attributed to a temporary increase in the release of nor adrenaline, adrenaline, coritsol and growth hormones (all of which have anti-inflammatory properties), as well as, an increased stress on the body, which releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.