Float therapy is a fantastic option for holistic pain management.
Floating reduces fatigue, speeds up the body's healing process and provides a perfect way to slow down, rest and relax. Here are just a few ways floating at Capitol Floats can help reduce your pain.
Float Therapy for Arthritis:
Arthritis, characterized by joint inflammation, can lead to stiffness and discomfort. Floating in a sensory-deprived tank filled with Epsom salt-infused water can be a soothing balm. The buoyancy of the water relieves pressure on the joints, offering a sense of weightlessness that can reduce pain and inflammation. Regular floating may help ease the burden of arthritis, allowing for greater mobility and comfort.
Relieving Soreness for Athletes:
Intense physical activity can lead to muscle fatigue and soreness. Floating after a strenuous workout, a big race or other athletic pursuit can speed up recovery. The magnesium in Epsom salt helps to relax muscles, and the sensory-deprived environment calms the nervous system, promoting overall muscle relaxation. Athletes find that floating accelerates the healing process, allowing them to return to their training regime more quickly and with less pain.
Reducing Back Pain
For those battling back pain or stiffness due to a sedentary lifestyle, which often involves screen time or hunching over while driving, floating can offer much-needed relief and comfort.
Improved Immune Function:
The relationship between floatation therapy and improved immune function has been studied for decades. In a 1983 study, neuro-endocrinologist John Turner and psychologist Thomas Fine showed that floating lowers epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol, two hormones that alter the immune system’s operations. As journalist Michael Hutchison wrote in his seminal 1984 work, The Book of Floating, “High levels of cortisol have been linked to a number of ailments. They depress the body’s immune system [and] increase the effects of adrenaline on body tissues.”
Check out this video on the effects floating has on the immune system from the 2018 Float Conference.
Alleviating Joint Pain for Expectant Mothers:
Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, but it can also bring its share of joint pain and stiffness. Floating provides a unique escape for expectant mothers. As they gently float in warm, supportive water, the sensation of weightlessness eases the burden on joints. It's a respite from the discomfort, offering relaxation and a sense of well-being. Floating during pregnancy provides a precious moment of relief and relaxation in the midst of an incredible, life-changing experience.
The Power of Sensory Deprivation:
What makes floating so effective for pain management? The sensory-deprived environment plays a crucial role. By eliminating external stimuli, your body and mind can deeply relax. As the brain slows down, the production of stress hormones decreases, and the release of "feel-good" chemicals like endorphins increases. This is the ideal environment for pain relief and relaxation.
Float therapy offers an all-natural, drug-free approach to pain management. Whether you're dealing with arthritis, post-workout soreness, or the unique discomforts of pregnancy, consider floating as a soothing and holistic solution. It's a practice that allows you to leave pain behind, even if just for a little while, and embark on a serene journey of relief and relaxation.