As hard as it is to face, summer is coming to a close. After a short fall buffer, winter will soon be on the horizon. Some people don’t mind winter and revel in outdoor activities. For others, it’s the worst time of year. The shortened days, the cold temperatures, and being indoors can have serious emotional and physical effects. Read on to learn some common health problems that arise in winter and how floatation therapy can help.
Cyclical depression relating to the seasons is so common it has a name: seasonal affective disorder. SAD affects a high percentage of people across the country. Even in areas where winter is mild, the change in the weather can have a negative effect on mood.
Scientists and therapists believe seasonal depression is primarily related to a vitamin D deficiency. As depression sufferers know, depression tends to builds upon itself. Remedying a chemical deficiency may be just one small part of shaking off a period of depression. Other kinds of medication as well as psychological counseling can be beneficial as well. Another highly effective treatment for depression is floatation. Floatation therapy is statistically equal to counseling in treating depression, with 70% of patients self-reporting an improvement in their symptoms. Don’t let depression get you down this winter; if you have a tendency toward seasonal depression, floatation can help.
It’s common knowledge that changes in the weather can exacerbate pain problems – some of which are still not well understood or easily diagnosed. From arthritis to fibromyalgia to undiagnosed chronic aches, cold and humid weather often leads to increased pain. Additionally, injuries are more common in the winter. Shoveling snow can easily cause back strain. Slipping on the ice can also cause painful injuries.
Floatation chambers contain a very high concentration of magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salts. Epsom salts soothe all kinds of aches and pains and speed healing of acute injuries. If your pain problems are acting up this winter, be sure to give floatation therapy a try.
Risk of Infection
In the winter, everybody tends to be crowded together indoors, and infection can travel quickly. If one person in a family gets sick in the winter, the rest of the household usually follows suit – quickly. The cold, wet weather also is rough on the body’s immune response, making everyone more susceptible to infection. Stress, depression, and other emotional problems can also have an impact on the immune system and increase the risk of infection.
Floatation chambers have excellent, proven results combating stress and winter blues. Help reduce your risk of infection with floatation therapy. To find out more about fighting the winter blues with floatation, contact the Northwest Float Center today.