Alternative Treatments

Float Therapy

FLOAT THERAPY FOR MIGRAINES

Float therapy (also referred to as flotation therapy, float-away therapy and sensory deprivation flotation therapy) utilizes a man-made tank filled with a water/epsom salt solution that enables patients to float and experience weightlessness. Combined with temperate water temperature and calming music, patients are able to achieve a state of relaxation so intense, sensory elements are screened out, tension is released and the body’s ability to heal naturally is rejuvenated.

HOW DOES FLOAT THERAPY WORK?

The water/epsom salt solution creates an aquatic environment similar to that of the Dead Sea. When individuals are submerged in the solution, they effortlessly float, which eliminates the need for any postural effort. Additionally, the temperature of the water/epsom salt solution is set to a degree that does not require muscular action to maintain body temperature (about 95-degrees Fahrenheit). The combination of weightlessness and temperature enables patients to achieve a supreme state of relaxation.

While the body gives in to this elusive state of zen, it releases an elevated level of endorphins, which encourage the feeling of well being. Blood flow also increases as muscles unwind. It is believed that while in this state of zen-like relaxation, the brainwaves also shift into a mode that accelerates healing, essentially recalibrating the body’s chemical and metabolic levels and recharging its opposition to stress, injury or illness.

HOW IS FLOAT THERAPY USED FOR MIGRAINES?

For migraine treatment, patients will schedule sessions as frequently as they please. The standard session length is one hour, but some patients prefer shorter or longer sessions. Migraines are thought to be caused by restricted blood flow due to dilated blood vessels. Float therapy may increase blood flow, thereby alleviating a migraine attack or preventing one from starting.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

There are no serious side effects associated with float therapy.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR FLOAT THERAPY?

Float therapy may not be a viable option for individuals suffering from mental illness including clinical depression, severe hypertension or patients with epilepsy that is not currently being controlled by medication. Patients with open wounds, infectious diseases or suicidal tendencies also do not make ideal candidates.

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