Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic and widespread pain with heightened sensitivity and pain due to pressure. It is notoriously difficult to treat, and traditionally, patients are prescribed intense pain medications that have numerous side effects. These medication side effects can be so severe that patients will opt to go without them and try to tolerate their pain.
Going without medication is certainly not ideal either, but what is a fibromyalgia patient to do when the medication’s side effects are worse than the original disease? Recent studies on the effects of floatation treatment may bring hope to these people.
The Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University studied 140 people with long-term conditions such as stress, depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. More than three quarters of the study’s participants experienced significant improvements after floatation treatments. Dr. Sven-Åke Bood found that, “Through relaxing in floating tanks, people with long-term fibromyalgia, for instance, or depression and anxiety felt substantially better after only twelve treatments.”
The research targeted the effectiveness of floatation treatment on stress-related pain and anxiety over a period of seven weeks. Of the participants, 23 percent became entirely free of pain and 56 percent experienced clear improvement. Of the fibromyalgia patients involved, 27 percent reported feeling less agony after the floatation treatments. After only twelve sessions, patients experienced substantially improved sleep patterns, leaving them more optimistic and with reduced nervousness, tension and pain.
Dr. Bood concluded that the weightlessness and silent warmth of a flotation tank activated the body’s own system for recuperation and healing. The positive effects were still in evidence 4 months after the floatation treatment ended, which demonstrates satisfying long- term benefits. This is certainly promising news for fibromyalgia sufferers.
With so few options for treatment, fibromyalgia patients often become depressed, and can feel hopeless about their prospects for freedom from their pain. Thankfully, it appears that floatation therapy can provide them with the relief they desire.
As scientists continue to explore the effects of floatation on the human body, we are sure to find new uses for the therapy. Future research will likely find that floatation therapy can help with a wide range of illnesses. This is an exciting time to be involved in floatation therapy, which is providing relief and comfort to those who most need it.
If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia, direct them to Northwest Float Center where they can obtain useful information regarding their wellbeing. No one should have to suffer, and floatation may be the gateway to their relief.