The study was conducted by the Wellington Pain & Headache Clinic at the Southern Cross Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand. The results were released in February of this year.
During the study, 37 patients who fit the profile of having tension headaches were randomly assigned into two groups. One group received advice and education on their condition and ways to treat it. The second (the “intervention group”) were also given advice and education—with the addition of regular sauna attendance for eight weeks.
Subjective pain using the numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) was tracked to see if there was pain reduction with the sauna bathing group. Additionally, sleep disturbances, depression & measurements from the Headache Disability Index (HDI) were monitored and recorded.
At the end of the study, it was noted that the change in headache intensity with the group participating in sauna bathing was significantly lower compared to the group not using the sauna. The conclusion? Regular sauna bathing was deemed to be a simple treatment that is effective in treating tension headaches and experiencing less pain.
The study used traditional saunas, but we’ve heard from customers that infrared saunas also provide similar headache relief, especially if used right at the start of the event. The added benefit of Finnleo Saunas featuring the lowest EMR/EF emissions in their infrared sauna line would certainly also be valuable.
Check out our entire line of Finnleo Saunas today. It could be a terrific way to help ease your tension headaches.