Floatation and Fibromyalgia a Winning Combination?

More people are turning to floatation therapy to help with everything from every day stress and to muscle aches, insomnia and chronic pain. Most clients do not divulge their personal stories over the phone, but after 60 minutes in the float tank many new floaters like to chat for a few minutes. Some are curious about the "magic" that happens in the tank, but others want to share personal stories or their reason for seeking floatation.  

Lately, we have started to see more people with an interest in floating for chronic pain as well as auto immune diseases (such as lupus and multiple sclerosis). Floatation can improve the lives of people with chronic pain specifically fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition in the US after osteoarthritis. There are currently 12 million people in the US with fibromyalgia, yet it is not well understood and often misdiagnosed. People who have fibromyalgia experience: depression, decreased, pain threshold, chronic pain and incapacitating fatigue. 

  Image courtesy of Ambro at   Freedigitalphotos.net

 Image courtesy of Ambro at Freedigitalphotos.net

Since floating boosts:

      Endorphins- our bodies natural pain killers
      Dopamine - associated with feelings of motivation
      Serotonin- contributes to feelings of overall wellbeing and happiness 

It is a wonderful, safe natural way to ameliorate the long term effects of chronic disease.

Floating also lowers:

     Adrenaline - "the fight or flight" hormone
     Cortisol - a steroid hormone released in response to stress
     Norepinephrine - a marker of nervous system stress

We all benefit when we find natural ways to manage our stress better!  Our immune system gets a boost and we feel invigorated and revitalized overall.

There is a worldwide effort among float centers to track how floatation therapy affects individuals with fibromyalgia. This study is called the Fibromyalgia Floatation Project by Float On, Anicca Float Club is participating in this study because we want people with fibromyalgia to experience the benefits of regular floatation therapy.

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Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at Freedigitalphotos.net

Our first client to join the Fibromyalgia Floatation Project at Anicca Float Club, wrote:

 "I floated for 60 minutes and after a time, I started realizing I was not in any pain. I decided that if I was just pain free for the 60 minutes that I was floating that would be a relief and worth it. When I got out, I was pain free.  I was upbeat which is odd since I have the depression that comes to all of us who suffer with chronic illnesses. I was pain free for almost 3 days and I was cheerful.  I went shopping with my daughter something I had not been able to do for awhile. At the end of the 3 days my pain returned....

I will be trying to go at least once a week. I felt a bit like my old self again and I really liked that! Of course, like anything else, this may not work for all of us, but I hope that there are some of you like me, who can get relief from constant pain."

Do you want to learn more?  Do you want to participate in the Fibromyalgia Floatation project at Anicca Float Club?  Please contact us at gofloat@floatnaperville.com and look at the additional resources we have posted below.  

Additional Sources:

Beyond Rest Float Center, Floatation for Fibromyalgia  Australia, Floatation for Fibromyalgia

Mayo Clinic Staff, Fibromyalgia

Roderick Borrie,  Fibromyalgia and Float Tanks, Float Confernce 2012 Presentation


Floatation tank helps women deal with fibromyalgia pain