Sauna Contraindications and Precautions

If you expereince any of the following, it is your responsbility to provide this information to Dr. Donald Berry DC so that he may update your patient file and be able to decided if sauna therapy is correct for you. You are responsible for informing Dr. Donald Berry DC of any changes in your health while being under his care.


Saunas & Medications

Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs 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 amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.


Saunas & The Elderly


As Doctor Donald Berry DC is aware of this, do not be surprised if the time for your sauna session is less than a patient who is younger. As 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.


Saunas & Cardiovascular Conditions


Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension / hypo tension), congestive heart failure, though (conjestive heart failure has been succedfully treated with far infrared sauna heat,) impaired coronary circulation or those who are taking medications which 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 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.


Saunas & Alcohol 


Dr. Berry will not allow the sauna to be used by any patient who has consumed any amount of alcohol prior to thier session. Alcohol increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress.


Saunas & Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated With Reduced Ability To Sweat Or Perspire


MuIltiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating. Dr. Berry will decide if sauna therapy is correct for you if you have these condtions.


Saunas & Fever


An individual who has a fever should not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides.


Saunas & Insensitivity To Heat


An individual with insensitivity to heat should not use an infrared sauna.


Saunas & Pregnancy


Pregnant women should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna.


Saunas & Menstruation


Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow.


Saunas & Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding


The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.


Saunas & Joint Injury


This will not be a concern since you are under Dr. Donald Berry DC care and he will prescibe your therapy. However do not attempt to self treat yourself with a community or friends far infrarted sauna 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.e use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.


Saunas & Implants


Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system..