Tackling chronic pain can make life difficult; it can be hard to work, have a good night’s sleep, take care of yourself and do all the things you enjoy doing. Living with Fibromyalgia in particular can bring insurmountable challenges, bringing with it significant pain and fatigue that interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
Like arthritis, Fibromyalgia impairs the joints and/or soft tissues of the body but there is a way to help not only the physical ailments of the condition, but the mental and emotional. Here are four reasons why floating may be the answer to treat Fibromyalgia.
Finding yourself in great stress, anxiety and depression can exacerbate Fibromyalgia. Floating is possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies in, and the more you float the more you gain. Relaxation is the most important key to health and well-being, and is a natural prescription for stress.
Fibromyalgia sufferers often feel anxious, nervous and panicked when their symptoms flare up; they are more prone to chronic stress because their bodies are under constant duress. Popping into a floatation tank allows the body to enter a state of deep relaxation, where the mind and body will have a chance to restore its natural powers of self-regulation and healing. When floating, the mind and body can devote all its energy to relaxation.
One of the most important benefits of float tanks for Fibromyalgia is relief from the pain. Floating is effortless as the Epsom salt dissolved in body-temperature water supports the body and allows muscle spasms to release. This release alone can help relieve a large amount of pain.
Floatation increases blood flow to the joints and soft tissues, as well as a release of endorphins from the brain. Endorphins are natural pain relievers and boost your mood too, so an influx of pleasure hormones can ease many different types of pain, even aches that may not have been receptive to other treatments for Fibromyalgia.
Studies have been conducted to suggest Fibromyalgia patients may have a magnesium deficiency that makes their bodies more sensitive and hyper-reactive to pain. The Epsom salts in a floatation tank are chemically magnesium and sulphate, and it’s theorised that people with Fibromyalgia readily absorb magnesium ions from the water, resulting in a decrease of pain.
While magnesium and sulphate are not absorbed well in the digestive track when used as a supplement, they are absorbed brilliantly through the skin, and spending time in a floatation tank is an ideal and easy way to replenish the levels of each one in the body. The minerals are an important element that can prevent osteoporosis and create healthier bones, just to name a few.
It’s stating the obvious, but sleep is absolutely critical to our overall health, and Fibromyalgia sufferers know all too well how difficult it can be to get some decent shut-eye when your lying awake in pain. The good news is that float tanks are excellent tool for fixing your rest issues because it assists in decreasing the cortisol (stress hormone) in your body, and as mentioned previously, pumping endorphins through your system.
Relaxation alone promotes better, more restful sleep, and the deep relaxation of float tanks for Fibromyalgia can help.
Living with Fibromyalgia can be debilitating and devastating, but floatation is a great natural therapy and having just a few sessions can really give you a better outlook on improving your quality of life.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you or to book you in for some floatation to help alleviate the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.