Flotation Therapy: Pain Relief

With regular use flotation therapy has been shown to help people achieve all of these wellness goals and more. Regular use is defined as one, two or four times a month, however you can float daily if you choose. There is no overdoing flotation therapy. You will become the expert on the best frequency for your wellness goals over time.

Your first float you may have been just getting used to the new sensations of zero gravity, where to place your arms, and deciding if you wanted sound and lights on or off. That is normal and we suggest floating at least three times before you have the full experience down. That is why we well a 3-pack series at a discount. Ask us how you can enjoy this benefit.

How does flotation therapy relieve pain?

When it comes to pain reduction, the use of regular float therapy shows promising results across many different studies. Whether you suffer from muscle tension, low back pain, headaches, post-workout pain, or fibromyalgia, float therapy may be an excellent way to manage your pain. If your current pain management plan isn’t doing enough to reduce your pain levels, it can leave you feeling frustrated and hopeless. Chronic pain not only affects your body but over time it can affect your mind as well. Adding flotation to your current pain relief regimen offers a natural way to work on reducing your pain and compliments any other pain management approach, from physical therapy to pain medications. 

  • Due to the experience of zero gravity within the float pod the tension and pressure on joints is relieved while floating. This can be a much needed temporary relief, but for some this relief of pressure can be long standing. 
  • Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. It is well studies that magnesium plays a key role in regulating muscle contractions. Magnesium acts as a natural calcium blocker, helping your muscle cells relax after contracting. When magnesium levels are low, your muscles may contract too much and cause symptoms such as cramps or muscle spasms. Since there is 1,000lbs of magnesium sulfate in the flotation pod water your body is able to absorb a therapeutic dose during your float. This may be one reason muscle pain is relieved by flotation therapy. 

Studies:

Eliciting the relaxation response with the help of flotation-rest (restricted environmental stimulation technique) in patients with stress-related ailments. Bood, Sven Å.; Sundequist, Ulf; Kjellgren, Anette; Norlander, Torsten; Nordström, Lenneart; Nordenström, Knut; Nordström, Gun. International Journal of Stress Management, May 2006.

Effects of flotation-REST on muscle tension pain. Kjellgren A1, Sundequist U, Norlander T, Archer T. Pain Research Management, Winter 2001.

The effects of floatation REST on the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Roderick Borrie, Tamara Russell, Stefan Schenider. Presented at Float Summit, 2012.

The use of floatation rest in the treatment of persistent psychophysiological insomnia. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project, 1989.

REST for muscle contraction headaches: a comparison of two REST environments combined with progressive muscle relaxation training. Randy Rzewnick, Alistair B. C. Wallbaum, Howard Steele, Peter Suedfeld. Restricted Environmental Stimulation, 1990.

Why all migraine patients should be treated with magnesium.Mauskop A1, Varughese J. Journal of Neural Transmission, May 2012.

Effects of flotation REST on range of motion, grip strength and pain in rheumatoid arthritics. John TurnerJr., Anna DeLeon, Cathy Gibson, Thomas Fine. Clinical and Experimental Restricted Environmental Stimulation, January 2005.

A pilot study to evaluate the effects of floatation spa treatment on patients with osteoarthritis S. Hill, M.J.H. Eckett, C. Paterson, E.F. Harkness. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, December 1999.

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