A wound is the result of an impact on the body that breaks the skin and starts to bleed, typically from something sharp. When the tissue is damaged, a series of events occur almost instantly that tells the body that the injury site needs help. The body works to heal the wound in a very methodical way, but it also depends on the type of wound. The blood clots right when the injury takes place due to the help from fibrin proteins, then white blood cells working to kill any bacteria to prevent infection, and then over time, there is a proliferation of collagen that works to ultimately help seal the wound, if not for stitches. This is a very high level overview of how the body reacts to a wound. But how long does that entire process take? It all depends on the severity of the wound and how deep it is. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine:
For one wound site to completely heal, months, let alone years is a long time.
We then need to ask, are there ways to help expedite the process?
The first thing that most people do when they end up getting a wound, or an injury to the skin, is to clean it and put some antibacterial ointment and a bandage on it. This is effective for smaller wounds that can be covered with a bandage and doesn’t require stitches. If stitches are needed, the healing process may extend for a longer period of time.
With this process, the wound tends to heal quicker than if no antibacterial ointment was used in the first place.
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.
It may seem interesting to think that an infrared sauna can help boost the healing time of a wound, but the power of infrared light on the body and its powerful effects is tried and true.
An infrared sauna, alongside having numerous health benefits on the human body, is also a great tool to use when looking to help lessen the time for wound healing, and also to reduce 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 including 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’:
While each type of infrared light has their 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:
The evidence is clear that infrared light, especially from near infrared, can truly aid in helping with wounds heal.
Health Mate was the first to ever sell an infrared sauna over 40 years ago, and continues to be the leader in 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 most safe and 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 has the fastest to temperature time.