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July 31, 2017

Differences Between Photobiomodulation and Sauna Therapy

by Wendy Myers

Sauna

Since the mechanism of action of saunas is to induce thermal stress on the body, you may be wondering, what exactly does this accomplish? There are several biological responses, which include increased heart rate and perspiration.

Additionally, when the body is subject to heat in sufficient amounts, it causes an imbalance in protein metabolism. This is an ongoing process called protein folding, whereby random protein coils transform into their normal 3-dimensional structures. This is an incredibly important process, and if dysfunctional, can lead to serious health conditions.

In fact, we have an entire class of molecular chaperones that monitor our cells for any type of stress that disrupts this process. Specifically, a class of these chaperones, called heat shock proteins, respond to heat-induced cellular stress. By inducing heat stress on the body, the resulting activation of these heat shock proteins leads to some interesting health benefits, which are very similar to physical exercise. Read More…

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