Chronic pain conditions are debilitating and unfortunately experienced by far too many people. It is simple enough to experience tension and stress. Injuries can easily occur in daily life. However, those ailments and injuries that don’t improve build up and the discomfort becomes chronic.

One in Five Australians are said to live with chronic pain!

Float tank Chronic Pain
Additionally Chronic pain can develop from autoimmune conditions such as Fibromyalgia or Arthritis. These conditions are frustrating as their causes are still relatively unknown and their prognosis is lifelong.
This can leave you in a negative cycle of pain, frustration, anxiety and depression.
 

This is where alternative therapies can shine a positive light.
They offer a chance to break out of that cycle with a new method of pain management and/or relaxation tool.
It is complimentary and can do no harm.
Floatation therapy for chronic pain has the potential to significantly reduce severe pain.
It also creates a relaxing atmosphere that can ease symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia.
 
All you have to do is get in the tank and chill out.

Floatation is also REST

Float tank REST
You will see some companies refer to their devices as floatation REST tanks. This clever acronym means reduced environmental stimuli therapy.
While floating in the water, users are deprived of any external, sensory stimuli like light and sound.
It is just you and your body in this relaxing, healing water.
 
While this can feel strange at first, there is the potential for a significant positive impact on the body and mind.
 
Regular sessions can ease pain in the short-term while also aiding more long-term issues.
 
There is a strong link between floating and chronic pain management.
 
These REST tanks are a popular choice in the Fibromyalgia community because of their impact on pain management. Floating reduces pressure on the muscles and joints and can target specific areas as users become supported by the water.

The spine straightens out into a natural posture with low impact to help with lower back pain. A 2001 study in The Journal of Pain, Research and Management reported that tests on chronic pain sufferers indicated significant pain relief in severe cases. They benefited more than those with low levels of pain.

The secret behind float tanks is their dense Epsom Salt rich solution

Epsom Salt Float tank

The water within these floatation devices includes Epsom salts. You may already use these in your bath and appreciate their impact on your joints and state of mind. The primary reason for these salts is to help users float with ease. It is a bit like being in the Dead Sea. The easier it is to float, the better the chance of easing any pain.

However, these salts also contain magnesium and sulphate.

The role of Magnesium

When absorbed into the skin, these minerals can regulate any deficiencies you may have and help with pain relief. Magnesium deficiency isn’t uncommon in those with chronic pain conditions. We need magnesium to maintain muscle function and joint health. Supplementation can also help those prone to headaches and migraines. Floating in Epsom salts is one of the more pleasant ways to address that balance.

The power of relaxation

Chronic pain conditions and illnesses often go hand-in-hand with stress and anxiety. We worry about the impact of the condition on our daily lives. We develop fears over the future when we struggle to get a positive prognosis. Stress and anxiety build up and create further health issues to contend with. Natural stress relief can help and may decrease the severity of pain and other symptoms. The sensory deprivation of floatation therapy eliminates distractions while alleviating pain for a meditative experience. Regular sessions can calm the mind and lower anxiety levels.

Sleep your way to less chronic pain

Chronic pain conditions can also make it more difficult for us to sleep at night. Pain and aches in the joints and muscles stop us from relaxing and drifting off. They can also wake us up if we are light sleepers. A lack of sleep can exacerbate symptoms, leading to a vicious cycle. If we can find a way to improve our sleep, this could have a secondary knock-on effect on pain management. The calming, stress-relieving experience of this REST therapy could help. If we take another look at that study on floatation tanks and chronic pain, the results also showed reductions in depression, increased optimism and improved sleep in night time sessions.

Float away the chronic pain

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Dealing with pain management for chronic pain conditions often requires a varied treatment plan. Pharmaceutical painkillers can help with severe pain but aren’t always the best approach on their own. Patients that suffer from chronic pain through ongoing conditions, anxiety and sleep deprivation can treat each issue for better results. Floatation therapy for chronic pain is a great choice because it can help users naturally deal with each factor. It may seem strange at first to float in the darkness. But, this alternative therapy could prove to be the key that unlocks a future of reduced pain, better sleep and a calmer state of mind.