If you’re struggling with any type of pain, the external stresses of daily life can make that pain more difficult to bear. Floatation therapy offers an all-natural, non-invasive way to reduce and manage your pain. Studies have shown that floatation therapy creates an ideal environment for pain relief. A floatation tank limits sensory input and calms the mind and body, allowing your body to naturally readjust itself into a chemically balanced state.
Your body produces several chemicals naturally that help reduce pain, such as dopamine, the “feel-good” hormone produced by the reward center of the brain. When we go about our daily lives, external stimuli can alter our body chemistry and make it harder for us to naturally overcome pain.
Athletes who float can relax and recover faster after an intense training session, and patients suffering from back pain, pregnancy discomfort, fibromyalgia, and spine-related injury can feel the immediate benefits of weightlessness through natural traction.
Floatation for Chronic Pain
Some medical conditions cause pain on a near-constant basis, such as fibromyalgia. The chronic pains caused by fibromyalgia can be extremely difficult to treat, and the condition affects everyone who has it in different ways. Floatation is excellent treatment for fibromyalgia pains for several reasons:
- Floatation reduces the stress hormone cortisol. It’s more difficult for the body to regulate pain when under stress.
- The body experiences a deep form of relaxation in a floatation tank by eliminating sensory input. This promotes better rest and lowers fatigue.
- Floatation therapy has been found to help patients sleep better by encouraging the body to go into a meditative, relaxed state.
- Patients typically experience improved concentration and an increased ability to focus.
- Floatation stimulates the body’s natural dopamine production.
- Relaxation and hormone release from floating help to reduce pain.
When the body experiences pain, stress hormones are released as a defense mechanism. In our early days as a species, this chemical response was triggered by life-threatening situations and put the body in a state that was ready to react to dangerous external forces. In today’s world, we typically don’t have to worry about outrunning predatory animals or fighting for our lives on a daily basis, but this defense mechanism is still present—and stress triggers it.
Floatation therapy helps patients manage their pain by creating the perfect environment in which to relax and restore balance to the body’s chemistry. It’s difficult to manage pain if you’re experiencing stress, but floatation helps facilitate natural pain relief. Northwest Float Center can answer any questions you may have about how floatation therapy can help with your pains and medical conditions, so reach out to us today.