This is
Cory Michael’s
breathing before
a float.
And after.

Floatation
for
fibro-
myalgia

Research,
the fibro-
myalgia
flotation
project

In 2013/14 there was a world wide effort between float centres and fibromyalgia patients worldwide to help prove the positive effects of floatation REST and fibromyalgia run by The Fibromyalgia Floatation Project.

We participated as a center in this project, where sufferers of fibromyalgia provided the data which we gave back to the research. Hoping to see the data come out in 2017. There is some very good information on this site to explore further.

Effects of
floatation
rest on
symptoms

FM Symptom: Linked to stress both as a trigger and as a causal factor

Effect: Stress reduction


FM Symptom: Muscle pain

Effect: Decreased pain in general


FM Symptom: Muscle tightness (pattern of muscle knots called tender or trigger points, sometimes tension headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder, and irritable bowel syndrome)

Effect: Decreased muscle tension and pain caused by muscle tension


FM Symptom: Mood disturbances (depression and anxiety)

Effect: Lessening of anxiety and mood elevation


FM Symptom: Inability to achieve restful sleep. (People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is frequently disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea, that further worsen symptoms.)

Effect: Improved Sleep


FM Symptom: Magnesium deficiency

Effect: Magnesium absorption (from the MgSO4 solution)

How
floating
has helped
Tina
Graham

Watch Tina Graham’s Interview


Tina Graham of the UK talks about how floating in an isolation tank has helped her deal with the immense physical pain she suffers from Fibromyalgia (FM). She also explores the psychological side of floating and how it ties into her own PhD research. Here she is being interviewed at the Float Summit Conference in April 2012.

Research
by Rod
Borrie

Watch Fibromyalgia and Float Tanks Conference 2012

In 2010, Dr. Rod Borrie helped organize a collaborative research project between float centers across the world. They gathered data on the effects of float tanks on victims of fibromyalgia. The results were incredibly positive, leading Rod to take the study to the next level.

He has been working with Float On to create an online medium for research collaboration between float tank centers on a large scale.

Rod Borrie and Graham Talley will present this new website and its possibilities, with the Fibromyalgia Flotation Project being the flagship study that will kick it off.

Karlstad
University
research
on chronic
pain

Here is a summary of the Karlstad University Medical Research. The research was government sponsored and the findings for chronic pain are highlighted below.

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NEW RESEARCH undertaken at the Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University by Swedish PHD, Sven-Ake Bood concludes that regular floatation can drastically relieve chronic stress related ailments. Studies involving 140 people with long-term conditions such as anxiety, stress, depression and fibromyalgia (chronic pain / fatigue) found that more than three quarters experienced noticeable improvements.

Research targeted the effectiveness of floatation treatment with regard to stress related pain and anxiety over the period of seven weeks. 22 percent of the participants became entirely free of pain and 56 percent experienced clear improvement.

Mr Bood commented: “Through relaxing in floating tanks, people with long-term fibromyalgia, for instance, or depression and anxiety felt substantially better after only 12 treatments”.

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