Floatation offers a survivor a chance to get away from the world for a bit, helping them relieve stress, anxiety, and other results stemming from their traumatic experiences.
Understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The development of PTSD usually stems from a traumatic event, which anyone may face. Around 56% of Americans face some kind of severely traumatic event (e.g., near-death, assault, loss of loved one, etc.), with roughly 8% of those going on to develop PTSD; females are more likely to develop PTSD, at a rate of more than two women for every man.
Those suffering from PTSD may experience flashbacks to the event, an inability to sleep, stages of denial about the event, and an overall negative view of life. They may withdraw from life, and their personality is likely to change. Unlike physical injuries, most symptoms for PTSD go unnoticed when they begin, sometimes as much as six months or more after the event transpired. These survivors often see their PTSD lead to comorbid disorders, including depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.
Help for Survivors of Assault and Abuse
Many types of therapy have been shown to help those afflicted with PTSD, including exposure, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, and more. A more recent tool being considered as one part of a recovery program is floatation therapy. Long term floatation has been shown to help a patient feel healthier, more well-balanced, and less anxious, while improving the overall quality of life after the therapy ended.
This therapy offers the survivor an environment to disconnect from their world. It gives those who experience anxiety and tension along with their PTSD a way to cut themselves off and relax. It provides relief to those suffering from ongoing pain from wounds or physical problems stemming from their disorder. By helping reduce this pain and improving a survivor’s ability to sleep or break free from substance abuse, floatation helps equip the survivor in the fight to break free from PTSD.
With such potential to help survivors of assault and abuse, more and more therapy programs are recommending floatation therapy receive consideration as one part of a regimen on the road to healing. Consult with your physician or therapist about this kind of therapy to see if it can help you.
For more information on how floatation can help you, call Northwest Float Center today for a consultation.