Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain through the muscles and bones. It causes a constant dull ache and can arise erratically at any time. Along with a heightened sensation to pain, other symptoms include chronic tiredness, issues sleeping, memory loss and anxiety. It will affect up to 2% of the population and women are 9 times more likely to develop the condition than men.
As Fibromyalgia is an unpredictable condition that cause ongoing constant pain, in is understandably hard to live with and can dramatically affect the completion of daily routine tasks. There is plenty more research to be done into the condition, however it is currently thought that it could be a result of a traumatic event or developed gradually over time from environmental causes.
Research suggests that the extensive stress and lack of sleep sufferers usually encounter can be amplified with those also lacking in magnesium. Topping up a person’s magnesium levels to an adequate standard has shown great promise in helping manage pain and reducing symptoms.
Floating and its potential benefits in Fibromyalgia sufferers
The Fibromyalgia Floatation Project has been specially designed and targeted to study the characteristics and symptoms of Fibromyalgia because the benefits of REST Therapy corresponds closely the effects of the condition.
Below are a few symptoms/triggers of fibromyalgia that can be potentially reduced through floatation therapy:
Anxiety – Anxiety related to fibromyalgia can worsen the symptoms of pain due to the stress in places on the body. Through floating, the reduced environmental stimulation has shown to slow down brain wave activity and assist in the production of endorphins that provide a “natural high”. Further to this, the complete silent environment provided in our dream pods can allow for floaters to achieve deep states of introspection which can in turn help deal with anxiety symptoms.
Muscle Pain – Muscular pain is generally the biggest factor for sufferers of fibromyalgia. Floating in our dream pods provides people with a naturally pain free environment due to the complete buoyancy of the water. To supplement this, the magnesium absorbed from the Epsom salt in the water assist in muscle relaxation.
Sleep – Improved quality of sleep is often associated with floatation therapy. As people who live with fibromyalgia generally suffer from achieving restful sleep, this can be of huge benefit. A combination of magnesium intake, muscle relaxation and the slowing down of brainwaves will allow floaters to have a more restful night’s sleep in subsequent nights after floating.