Back problems and pain are one of the most common conditions experienced among Australians in fact, estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics from a 2011–12 National Health Survey show about 3 million Australians (13.6% of the population) have back problems. Floatation therapy has seen great success in easing chronic pains such as neck and back pain, and has been proven to help with spinal misalignment issues.
So, how Does Float Therapy Relieve Back Pain?
A flotation tank enables the user to be suspended in something similar to a gravity free environment which reduces the over stimulation of the nervous system and promotes deep levels of relaxation that can help heal the body. The magnesium plays an important role in pain management, as it is a natural pain killer, studies show that magnesium treatment immediately following injury improves both short and long-term outcomes among patients with spinal cord injury. Magnesium is easily absorbed via the skin so with over 600kgs of Epsom salts in a standard tank.
The orthopaedic benefits of being weightless in a saturated solution of Epsom salt enables the body to take a position which is unlike lying on a bed, bath or any other surface. With the buoyancy of the water holding your spine in a neutral position allowing all muscle groups to relax simultaneously relieving Joints, intervertebral discs, ligaments & bones.
The all round relaxation produced by the float tank makes it an extremely beneficial healing environment, especially for those with injuries or chronic pain. Since the effects and stresses of gravity are lessened, the body can more efficiently allocate its resources towards maintenance and healing.
A therapeutic session in a flotation tank stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the relaxation response. The release of tension in the body and lowering of stress hormones may also be responsible for the pain relief so, why not relax and recover!