According to the Arthritis Foundation® over 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families are affected every day. Many people experience anything from mild to debilitating joint pain due to arthritis.
Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on an X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
Arthritis can be caused by immune disorders, where the immune system incorrectly creates inflammation in the joints. It can be caused by bacterial, fungal or viral infections. It can also be a result of uric acid build up in the joint areas. Seniors are especially prone to develop arthritis and its symptoms, though it can strike at any time and any age.
Common treatments for this condition include painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Some change their diets, balance exercise with rest or try physical therapy, but the results are not always consistent. For those who would rather find and use natural solutions, there has been little choice. Until now.
Recently, using far infrared (FIR) heat for treatment has been rediscovered. The application of heat to treat certain physical conditions has a long history. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used hot stones, wrapping them in hot blankets or immersing them into hot water or sand to treat breast masses. Twenty-four hundred years ago, the Father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, noticed tumor shrinkage after a patient had a fever. This led him to develop the use of inducing fevers as a way of curing diseases. Medical practitioners in ancient India used regional and whole-body hyperthermia (raising the body temperature) for healing purposes and anti-aging. Asians used handmade mats filled with Amethyst, Tourmaline and Jadeite stones heated by the sun for use while sleeping on the mat. Turkish baths, Russian Banya and Finnish saunas are other examples of traditional heat therapy treatments.
It was discovered that if this type of heat could be harnessed and applied to the body, it could have healing effects. When applied to the body, FIR heat increases blood flow, stimulates the lymphatic system and raises body temperature (which is the body’s natural way of fighting off infection). With the increased blood and lymph flows in the area being treated, the affected area can be cleaned of unwanted toxins in the area as well as receive the nutrients its needs from the increased blood flow to further heal. This was a breakthrough in the field of natural healing!
Until now, the only way to avail oneself of these treatments, one had to travel to expensive spas for relief. Our company decided to bring this valuable and effective therapy right into your own home. Charmed Fir Mats®, a subsidiary of Sensible Decisions, Inc. has developed a FIR heating mat that is affordable and can be used at home.
Owner and CEO, Barbara Carmichael, said, “If you have ever experienced standing in the sun on a warm summer day, the heat of the sun on your face and body penetrates to warm up your whole body outside and in, then you have experienced the same type of heat that far infrared devices provide. It’s a soothing and warming feeling. Our mats bring the healing power of the sun, via the crystalline in our mats, right to your living room. For arthritis sufferers, our clients have told us that they feel almost instantaneous relief from the pain they have had to live with every day.”
Unlike typical electric heat pads which only heat the skin on contact, the far infrared rays produced by our mats provide a deeply penetrating heat that reaches up to four inches into the body. This heat raises body temperature, inducing an artificial and healthy fever. This promotes the killing of many pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. As the body works to combat the “fever,” the body’s immune system is activated and strengthened by increasing production of white blood cells. Combined with the detoxification of harmful toxins and waste products, one’s overall health and resistance to disease are greatly improved.
Until now, the only way to avail oneself of these treatments, one had to travel to expensive spas for relief. Charmed Fir Mats®, a subsidiary of Sensible Decisions Inc., has developed a FIR heating mat that is affordable and can be used at home.