The Science of Floating for Pain Relief

It is constantly demonstrated in float spas around the world that floating can tremendously impact pain and speed healing time.

Despite the testimonials of many, scientific data is important to validate claims such as these—and that’s been done, too! REST therapy has been noted for years in studies as having a tremendous impact on pain levels.

In 1985, The Medical College of Ohio conducted a study which demonstrated flotation therapy’s ability to ease pain—in a combination therapy of relaxation techniques.

Over half of participants stated that flotation/REST allowed them to experience a total remission of pain in their sessions.

The research on REST therapy continues to pick up speed today, bringing evidence to the relief clients have found for years in a Float Pod®…

Swedish scientist Sven-Åke Bood conducted a 2007 study on floating and pain. He discovered that:

“Through relaxing in floating tanks, people with long-term fibromyalgia, for instance, or depression and anxiety felt substantially better after only twelve treatments…

Relaxing in a weightless state in the silent, warm floating tank activates the body’s own system for recuperation and healing… The findings confirm and reinforce our earlier studies on the effects of relaxing in a floating tank”

True REST Float Spa also conducted a pain relief study and discovered remarkable results of their own:

After several consecutive sessions, 7 out of 10 participants experienced no pain while in the Pod, and all experienced pain relief of some sort—for some this stretched into hours or days after their floats.

Though pain relief is likely to be experienced in even a single session, for injuries or more chronic pain, consecutive floats are recommended for the greatest success.

Flotation therapy’s effects on pain can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days! Because floating is cumulative, adding on to itself in each session, greater benefits are experienced with each float.

The Pain Relieving Impacts of REST are Vast:

Improved athletic performance, and helping to prevent sports injuries

Decreased healing time

Decreased production of Cortisol, ACTH, Lactic Acid, and Adrenaline

Increased production of endorphins

Quickened rehabilitation and recovery

Relieved discomfort from arthritis, migraines, injuries, etc.

Sources:

True REST Pain Study

REST-Assisted Relaxation and Chronic Pain—

Hill, L., Khanna, T., & Stecker, E. A. (1985). Health and Clinical Psychology Magazine

Swedish Research Council. “Floating Effective For Stress And Pain, Research Suggests.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 November 2007.