Can I go to the sauna with a slipped disc?

A herniated disc is a painful affair. It can go unnoticed for years, but usually limits the quality of life quite enormously. Can a visit to the sauna help with a herniated disc and relieve the pain?

Does the sauna help with a slipped disc?

Intervertebral discs are heavy workers in our bodies: they support the spine and cushion impacts. So it’s no wonder that these little helpers sometimes run out of steam over the years. The result: terrible pain! But that’s no reason to panic, after all, there’s a lot you can do to cure your intervertebral discs – and all without surgery. What happens during a herniated disc? The intervertebral disc is composed of a fibrous ring and a gelatinous core. If cracks develop in the fibrous core, the gelatinous core emerges and presses on the nerves: this hurts.

These treatments are recommended by doctors for a herniated disc:

  • Heat and cold treatments
  • Information
  • Exercise
  • Pain therapy

Complementary to other treatments, heat and cold treatments bring significant relief from pain. A visit to the sauna is ideal for this purpose.

What the doctor says: Heat treatments for back pain

Why is heat good for the back and relieves nasty pain? Heat relaxes, loosens and decramps. That’s why regular sauna sessions can be recommended for a slipped disc. If you also suffer from a thyroid disease or have cardiovascular problems, talk to your doctor as a precaution.


This is how sauna heat affects your body:

  • Muscle relaxation
  • Metabolism is stimulated
  • Supply of intervertebral discs, muscles, and tendons with oxygen and nutrients is improved
  • Slag in the tissue is removed
  • Immune defense is increased
  • Why does the sauna do so much good for slipped discs?

The heat in the sauna relieves tension and eases tension. Treatment of back pain with heat has been known for centuries. Here is how the heat works: Heat calms and relaxes the body, it increases metabolic processes, improves blood circulation and stimulates the immune system. In addition, heat relieves muscle tension, promotes the extensibility of ligaments and tendons, and relieves pain. Hooray! The intervertebral discs breathe an audible sigh of relief. The fibrous rings are better supplied with blood, oxygen, and nutrients. Small cracks heal and everything gets back into place.

Sauna – health-promoting effect in the case of a slipped disc

The pain caused by a slipped disc can be a real headache. Especially during the cold season, when cold and wet conditions put an additional strain on our body and immune system, a visit to the sauna is simply good for us. A sauna visit relaxes body and mind and strengthens the immune system when used regularly. The warmth and the alternation between warm and low temperatures make you feel much more balanced after a sauna.

Choose your favorite sauna according to your taste:

  • Classic sauna (Finnish sauna): 80-100 °C (176-212 °F)
  • Steam bath / Caldarium: 50-60 °C (122-140 °F)
  • Biosauna / Sanarium: 40-50 °C (104-122 °F)
  • Tepidarium / Warming room: 38-40 °C (100-104 °F)

In some saunas, infusions with essential oils are performed, with a healing effect.


Painkilling sauna infusions

Sauna infusion; “hay flower”

Saunaaufguss "Heublume" hochwertiges Aufguss-Konzentrat 250...*
  • Sehr ergiebig und hochkonzentriert. In Deutschland hergestellt.
  • Hergestellt von einem Mitgliedsunternehmen des Deutschen Sauna-Bund e.V..
  • Gut für die Durchblutung der Haut

Green apple sauna infusion

Grüner Apfel-Saunaaufguss/Duftöl Konzentrat (1x100ml)*
  • Hoch dosiertes Saunaaufguss Konzentrat
  • Produziert in Thüringen
  • Hergestellt aus orig. französischen Ölen

Sauna infusion: Japanese medicinal plant oil

Saunaduftkonzentrat Japanisches Heilpflanzenöl 200 ml von...*
  • Saunaduftkonzentrat von Warda wird aus naturreinen und naturidentischen ätherischen Ölen hergestellt.
  • Befreit die Atemwege, fördert die Durchblutung und steigert die Abwehrkräfte.
  • Das Saunaduftkonzentrat entfaltet sein Aroma bei einem Sauna-Aufguss.