Jeez, great minds think alike...or desperate folks all end up trying the same fringe treatments. Hilariously, I was just deciding whether to buy this cheapie two hundred buck FIR sauna on Amazon that looks like a cartoon joke or go to a somewhat close gym and see if I can enroll for only a month to try their
FIR sauna for a few times a week. I was also looking into a bio mat and for a PEMF helmet! I try to exactly replicate the few and sometimes iffy novel journal studies I find. The 2008 (only one, I think,) sauna study was pretty impressive, with 17 Japanese women they treated who had great results. You need a pretty powerful treatment to get the level of (almost, missed by .01) statistical significance they got. They were also wrapped in 75 F degree towel for an hour, I think, after each treatment, something I might have trouble doing in the spa, Using my trusty radartemp gun, I find that my electric blanket is 74 at a 5 setting! I worried about emf radiation from the sauna but a fellow Health Rising contributor suggested not to worry about it. I have actually been in this type sauna once, last week when I had to go out of town on a rare trip. The spa woman offered it to me as a consolation prize because I had paid for 90 minutes of flotation tank and quit after 60, will relate next. Unlike my one time in a steam sauna, I didn’t find the dry sauna unpleasant. I didn’t have any cognitive effects but i was only there a half hour. Maybe that is an idiosyncratic response you get? I’m going to try it because I have no more treatments.
My problems with the float tank was not the dark, tho you can keep light on, or closed-in nature, used to spelunk, but the feeling of my head drifting up and down in the water over my ears and higher. I wore swim goggles and ear plugs I brought but I’m a bad and fearful swimmer, have always been afraid of drowning. It is virtually impossible in the tank but, with a large part of the back and side of my head somewhat bobbing around on the plastic neck float, I kept tensing my legs and stomach so hard it was a useless trial. I was very disappointed but there’s no way I would be able to overcome that fear, even if I found a pillow that would raise me a bit higher. I had a lot of hopes for that one also.
As for the PEMF, I haven’t been able to get the original journal article yet and see who made their undoubtedly expensive helmet. I think Osaka is a PEMF, not sure, never tried, small, maybe you could get several put them in motorcycle helmet or something, depending on frequencies, etc., etc., just thought of that while writing. I also know several EE’s, might consider contracting them to make one if I get parameters. I’m not giving up yet but I’m getting more desperate, just bought cbd oil again to try at much higher dose to see if it works.
Cryotherapy sounds awful, I hate cold on my skin, tried the Wim Hof breathing / ice bath technique briefly, not just cold, horrendously painful after brief immersion, couldn’t put more than leg in to try. Nothing else left that i know of.