PTSD ……..Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many of us have heard these words, but don’t truly understand the impact or the effects that it has on the body. PTSD doesn’t discriminate between ethnic groups, age groups, occupational groups or anything else. It develops as a result of a traumatic experience and can happen at any time to anyone. According to an online article, “Approximately 8 percent of all adults-1 of 13 people in this country-will develop PTSD during their lifetime” (https://www.sidran.org/resources/for-survivors-and-loved-ones/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-fact-sheet/). What happens to the body as a result can be varied, as can the severity of the symptoms that result from the disorder. While the causes of PTSD are often talked about, the treatments are not as commonly discussed.
“PTSD is marked by clear biological changes as well as psychological symptoms. PTSD is complicated by the fact that people with PTSD often may develop additional disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other problems of physical and mental health.” (http://www.ptsd.ne.gov/what-is-ptsd.html). While medication is often the first thing that is used to treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety, there are other safer alternatives for treatment, including float therapy. Float therapy offers a natural alternative with multiple benefits for both the mind and body. Recovery and restoration are key components to float therapy and are both crucial to the treatment of PTSD.
Float pods provide an environment free of outside stimulation where a person can float in over 10 inches of body temperature water filled with more than 700 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt. While the high levels of magnesium help to regulate cellular processes in the body one of the most impactful benefits of float therapy for individuals who suffer from PTSD is the minimization of sensory inputs. By slowing down the mind and removing stimuli, an individual can maximize stress relief while providing the body with the healing qualities found in high levels of magnesium. Floating naturally increases your endorphin levels which not only boosts your mood but allows one to become more clear-headed. Deep healing is the objective for anyone dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and float therapy allows that to happen through the art of sensory relaxation.