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INFRARED SAUNA
CONTRAINDICATIONS

Infrared Saunas offer a wide range of Health Benefits for our guests, however, there are some guests who are required to consult with their physician prior to use or are recommended to avoid infrared saunas altogether.
Consult a physician prior to use.

Do not use if pregnant, have serious inflammation, a fever, a communicable disease, acute bleeding, or intoxicated.
MEDICATIONS
Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drug's effect when the body is exposed to infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates, and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitryptiline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heatstroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heatstroke.
CHILDREN
Children 16-17 may visit with an accompanying adult and. Individuals under 16 years old are not permitted to use the saunas. The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands, and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
THE ELDERLY
The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. When using with the elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONS
Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension/hypotension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation, or those who are taking medications that might affect blood pressure should exercise caution when exposed to prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and the respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.
ALCOHOL
Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress.
DISEASES THAT AFFECT ABILITY TO SWEAT
Anhidrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors, and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating.
INDIVIDUALS PRONE TO BLEEDING
The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
FEVER
An individual who has a fever should not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides.
INSENSITIVITY TO HEAT
An individual with insensitivity to heat should not use an infrared sauna.
MENSTRUATION
The heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow.
JOINT INJURY
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.
IMPLANTS
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna.
PACEMAKER / DEFIBRILLATOR
The magnets used to assemble our saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.
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