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Flotation Therapy For Rehabilitation and Managing Pain from a Broken Hip

Flotation therapy (also known as “floating”) is an amazing way of achieving the deepest relaxation and is now becoming recognized as an alternative way to manage pain following a hip fracture.

The experience of floating removes stimuli and reduces sensory input. The air and water are warmed to the exact temperature of the skin, making it possible to lose all sense of the body's external boundaries. With almost nothing to see, hear or feel - an hour in a flotation tank produces a deeply relaxed state, similar to the effects and benefits of meditation. In the gravity-reduced environment, the body is allowed to decompress, especially throughout the joints and the spinal column. As a result of the senses being rested, this process is extremely balancing and healing for those experiencing hip problems.

Rehabilitation

Flotation therapy has been known to successfully speed up rehabilitation and recovery by helping people to reach peak physical performance. Benefits include recuperation, rejuvenation and injury rehabilitation. For example, the floating effect loosens strained muscles and allows the irritated bones and joints after an operation to be immobilized, therefore, speeding up the healing process by encouraging more rapid healing.

Pain Relief

As floating aids blood circulation, it aids in relieving injuries and aches such as back pain and arthritis. Pain reduction is one of the most beneficial aspects of floating.  For example, for senior patients who have experienced the pain of a fractured hip, the effect of sensory deprivation reduces the stimulation of the nervous system enormously. This leads to larger endorphin production in the brain, resulting in a subjectively lower sensation of pain. Many users report a significant decrease in pain levels after just one float and a Swedish paper, ‘Social Behavior and Personality: an International Journey’ (Bood, Sundequist et al) found that as few as twelve sessions may be enough to notice a considerable difference in pain relief.

Flotation Therapy for the Elderly

Many elderly patients with chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis have reported that not only does floating leave them feeling in a blissful state, it also reduces pain and stiffness, helping them to remain more mobile.

Due to weakening bones and the onset of medical issues such as osteoporosis in senior citizens, the dangers of fractured hips in the elderly increase with age. Flotation therapy has successfully been used for the rehabilitation of the elderly who have sustained a hip fracture.

Flotation therapy is suitable for all ages - especially the elderly who at times, benefit more from less invasive treatments with fewer side effects. It promotes general well-being and provides many other mental and physical benefits.

 

Interested in learning more about the benefits of floatation therapy and how it can help manage pain? Start by signing up for our FREE Float 101 Email Course. 

 

Article written by: Jess Walter, Freelance Writer.

Jess is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.

Floating For Athletic Performance: An Interview with NFL Athlete Marvin Jones

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Many of our worlds' biggest athletes today use floating for recovery and to enhance their performance.  They also find that it keeps them on top of their game and improves their mental focus.  This is the certainly the case with American Athlete & NFL Football Player, Marvin Jones, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.  

We were thrilled when Marvin recently reached out to us interested in getting a Zen Float Tent setup in his home so he could begin floating on a regular basis.  After hurting his foot in last year's training camp and suffering from a bunch of setbacks that caused him to miss the entire 2014 football season, he was ready for anything that would help him speed up the process of rehab and recovery.  

After helping Marvin setup his Zen Float Tent in his home he was nice enough to sit down with us for a brief interview to talk about his career and how he plans to use floating to prepare himself going into the 2015 season. Check out this video below that features our exclusive interview with him. 

In reference to floating: “Why not do it every day? If it helps my body, and my body is my job, why not do it every chance that I got?”
— Marvin Jones, Jr.

How exactly will the Zen Float Tent help athletes like Marvin Jones with athletic performance?

 

Relaxation/Stress Relief – With 800 lbs. of epsom salt in each float tent, blood flow is increased and your muscles instantly start to relax while a profound state of calmness is achieved.

Muscle Soreness/Pain Relief – Deep relaxation reduces pain by decreasing lactic acid buildup and increasing endorphins. Essentially, it's like a natural form of pain medicine. 

Increased Visualization – The float tent is great for In-tank visualization which improves overall coordination and performance skill.

With such dramatic benefits like these, we wouldn't be surprised if every single athlete were to get into floating whether it be to recover from an injury or just improve their performance on the field.

Marvin has been floating at home for a few weeks now and we can't wait to see how floating at home on a regular basis helps him in this year's upcoming football season. 

 

If you're interested in finding out more information about floating for athletic performance, please click here.   

 

Floating for Fibromyalgia - How Float Tanks Helped One Woman Quit Pain Meditation and Find Relief

Floating for Fibromyalgia - How Float Tanks Helped One Woman Quit Pain Meditation and Find Relief

There are many health benefits to floating for fibromyalgia due to the high amount of epsom salt used in float tanks. This post shares the story of how one woman suffering from Fibromyalgia used floatation therapy to find relief and quit pain medication after almost a decade.