Treat PTSD with Float Therapy
Incredibly therapeutic, the benefits floating provides help to ease many common PTSD symptoms. Find out more below.
Floating can be an Alternative to Harmful Medications
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has been increasing at an alarming rate among both active-duty servicemen and women as well as veterans and nonveterans. While many turn to pharmaceutical medications for relief, those drugs often come with a host of unwanted side effects that can make it difficult to enjoy life.
Fortunately, more and more veterans and others who’ve been suffering from PTSD across the country have been finding relief from their symptoms through floatation therapy. This natural alternative treatment has been backed by scientific studies to provide relief from this and other stress and pain-related conditions. Lying in a small pool filled with 10 inches of saltwater that contains about 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, it helps to counteract the effects of gravity which allows one to gently float atop the bed of water.
Enter a World of Peace for Stress and Pain Relief
With floatation therapy, sensations like sound, light, touch, taste and smell are all removed, virtually shutting off these areas of the brain allowing the body to experience a natural restorative state. Providing the brain with a break from all that stimulation induces the relaxation response which brings stress relief. It slows breathing, lowers blood pressure and heart rate while also taking one’s attention off any pain so that pain signals to the brain slow or stop to ease it. Floating in a zero gravity environment provides even more pain relief benefits as it takes pressure off joints and muscles, alleviating tension and stiffness too.
Floating Relieves Anxiety
It’s not all that surprising that by easing pain and reducing stress, anxiety can be relieved by floating as well. A number of studies, including 2018 research published in Plos One, found that every single participant experience significantly improvement from panic disorder and anxiety after just one float session.
Floating can Improve you Mood
Depression or poor mood is also common among PTSD sufferers, but floating can help with this too. The same 2018 study referenced found that found that after a one-hour float session, not only were anxiety, stress and pain reduced dramatically, but that participants found significant improvement to depression symptoms. They experienced a great sense of happiness and well-being, something that many others have reported as well – some have even noted a feeling a mild euphoria.
Floating Replenishes Magnesium
As stress tends to drain the body of magnesium, the Epsom salt added to the float tank provides some of its own benefits. Most Americans are deficient in this mineral and it’s one of the key components of Epsom salt. When you float, your skin absorbs it, replenishing magnesium levels that can help improve the body’s production of serotonin, which is known to combat stress as well as anxiety and depression.