Elderly & Chronic Pain
The Benefits of Floating for the Elderly and for those with Chronic Pain
Mobility and flexibility become increasing issues with age, especially for those that have not been routinely actively in their 20’s and 30’s. However, it’s never too late to start on the journey to good health, and for seniors, float therapy can be an important part of that journey. Here are just a few of the ways float therapy can help:
- Common ailments experienced by those who are 65+ include arthritis and joint paint. Floating allows the body to enter a state of deep and meditative relaxation while taking all the stress off the muscles and joints. This greatly eases pain and stiffness, and loosens up the body.
- Seniors suffering from osteoporosis have to be very careful with everyday movements. In the most severe cases, hard coughing or simply bending over can cause a fracture. The weightlessness of floating takes the pressure completely off the body, allowing both the mind and the body to fully relax.
- As we age, our skin changes, and while this may not seem significant, one must remember that the epidermis is the first line of defense against infection, bacteria, viruses and disease. It is important for seniors to keep their skin as healthy and supple as possible. Dry, thin and flaking skin is relieved and rejuvenated with the soothing warm water and Epsom salts in the float tank.
Float therapy comes to the rescue!
An estimated 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain and commonly, inflammation in the body is one of the culprits. Chronic pain can be difficult to pinpoint and treat, leaving the patient with weeks of suffering and reduced mobility. Ironically, the less we move our bodies, the more susceptible we are to pain.
Once again, float therapy comes to the rescue! When Epsom salts come into contact with water, the salt crystals break down into magnesium and sulphate, elements commonly used to ease muscle pain and thought to assist with fibromyalgia. The salts are not the only thing that help with chronic pain. The simple act of being weightless in a stimulant-free environment provides a crucial relaxation break for our body, and the results of not feeling pain and tension during your float last long after your session. Periods of prolonged relief mean better mental and physical health, more agility can increase activity and can be followed by better sleep.
Float therapy is helping thousands of Canadians deal with age-related and chronic illness. Don’t continue to suffer. Contact us today to see how floating can be part of your wellness plan.