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.
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.
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.
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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.