Float Pods For Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a pain condition that affects approximately 3% of the population in Canada.
One way to treat not only the fibromyalgia pain, but also the stress and anxiety that may accompany it is trying float pods for fibromyalgia.
How do float pods for fibromyalgia work?
Float Therapy was developed in the 1960’s by John C. Lilly, M.D. It uses a water-filled tank that is approximately the size of a bed and heated to skin temperature. The water is saturated with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) so that the patient can float without any effort.
Clients remove their clothes, shower and enter the pod, turn off the lights, and relax. The idea is that this sensation of zero stimuli will help a person focus inward, eliminating distractions and calming the mind and body.
The Fibromyalgia Floatation Project (FFP) believes that spending an hour in a float pod will help sufferers reduce pain significantly.
Benefits of float pods for fibromyalgia
The benefits of float pods for fibromyalgia have been studied for several decades. They have been shown to include the following.
Relief of stress, anxiety and depression
A clinical study identified blood pressure, cortisol production, and muscle activity as key indicators of stress in the body. Their findings indicated that cortisol production decreased during float sessions.
Floating for fibromyalgia have been shown to alleviate depression and anxiety with the mood elevation effects of deep relaxation.
Promotion of better, more restful sleep
Relaxation alone equals better, more deep restful sleep. The deep relaxation of float pods for fibromyalgia can help. Many fibromyalgia patients also suffer from restless leg syndrome, so getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult.
Since fatigue can exacerbate symptoms of fibromyalgia, the sleep-promoting deep relaxation can be a vital benefit.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of floating for fibromyalgia is relief from pain.
By reducing both muscle tension and pain in a relatively short time and without effort on the part of the client, float sessions provides a dramatic demonstration of the benefits of relaxation.
Many patients who have dealt with fibromyalgia for a long period of time give up hope for new treatments. When they realize that float tanks can help manage pain, their mental outlook may change and they may be more confident in their treatment plan.
Assist's with magnesium deficiency
Magnesium is essential to over 300 functions in the body, but people are chronically lacking in this important mineral. Transdermal absorbtion of magnesium is the most effective way to allow magnesium into your system. Fibromyalgia sufferers may have a magnesium deficiency that actually causes or contributes to their pain.
Floating in 1000 pounds of magnesium sulfate helps to alleviate that deficiency without taking additional supplements. This can be a benefit to people who have difficulty taking pills or who simply don’t want to take anything else.
Fibromyalgia can be a devastating disease, but floatation therapy can help! Book an appointment now to try floating for the first time, purchase a gift certificate for a loved one suffering from fibromyalgia, or contact the Fibromyalgia Floatation Project to learn about joining in the ongoing research. A membership here at Stillwater also makes it easy to incorporate floating as a regular treatment for fibromyalgia.
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