Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become so common today that many parents are alarmed, but not necessarily surprised, at the diagnosis. The diagnosis rate for this actual disorder among children is above 10%. Parents looking for something to help their children cope with the inability to focus through sensory input are now looking to floatation therapy as a supplemental treatment. This post will explore the effectiveness of floatation treatment for ADHD.
Know the Science
Floatation can help patients with ADHD improve the quality of their life, boost their self-esteem, promote social skills, and help them to have better attitudes. The therapy helps patients with ADHD develop positive control of cognitive arousal, regulate the activity in their brains, integrate and understand the sensory input that often overwhelms or distracts them, and boost overall cognitive functions.
Patients who experienced floatation therapy reported fewer restless feelings throughout the day, more emotional calmness, and focus where before they struggled to stay on task. This led to an increased sense of self-worth and independence and a better quality of life.
Improve Their Sleep
Insomnia or other sleep disturbances often afflict individuals with ADHD. Those with ADHD report an inability to block out stress from the day or turn off their mind as they tried to go to sleep. Some experience other problems that reduce the amount of effective sleep they get.
Floatation therapy can help these patients improve their sleep onset. By helping them grow accustomed to shutting out external stimuli and remaining in the moment, floatation therapy gives them the tools they need, combined with good sleep hygiene, to take control of their sleep patterns.
Fix Any Nutrient Deficiencies
Research demonstrated that individuals with ADHD often lack several important nutrients in their system, one of these being magnesium. The studies recommended that supplements of magnesium combined with an overall balanced diet could reduce ADHD symptoms. Floatation tank water contains Epsom salts rich in magnesium, which the skin absorbs while the individual floats, thus allowing the person to relax and fix a potential dietary deficiency.
When experts are asked how to help reduce stimulation for individuals with ADHD, they often initially recommend a reduction or removal of technology. While science remains noncommittal on the veracity of a direct causal connection between electronic stimulation and ADHD, what is known is that technology does provide stimulation. The float tank offers them a unique environment where they can unplug from all stimulation. While this requires some adjustment, the experience has been shown to help those with ADHD focus better and shut out unwanted stimulation.
If you have a child diagnosed with ADHD and are looking for ways to help them beyond simple medication, consider bringing them down to Northwest Float Center to see how a float tank can help. Call today to schedule an appointment.