Is It True That Floatation Tanks Can Eliminate Chronic Pain?

Is It True That Floatation Tanks Can Eliminate Chronic Pain?

According to Health day news, new research claimed that the use of floatation tanks for the relief of chronic pains is not much useful.

Around 100 people were studied in the research who had long-lasting pain underwent floatation restricted environmental stimulation therapy or known as the REST had disappointing results in a long period.

Is It True That Floatation Tanks Can Eliminate Chronic Pain?

The treatment has a very unique way to deal with pain. The patient needs to float inside a soundproof as well as a lightless tank which is filled with salt and the water has a temperature matching to the skin temperature.

Is It True That Floatation Tanks Can Eliminate Chronic Pain?

The aim of the relaxation process is to give relaxation to the body, remove the stress and increase the quality of sleep, and hopefully can eliminate some chronic pains as well. But the German team found that the chronic pain was the same as it was before the REST. The co-author Jorge Manuel explained the process of REST.

He said that the patient is floated on the talk on his or her belly with warm water including salt. He said that the invention was done in the late 70s but now this is becoming more popular.

Dr. Manuel who is a doctor in somatosensory and the therapy of the autonomic research in the Hannover Medical School located in Germany said that despite all the possibilities of pain relief it was not seen to be much effective when it came to curing chronic pain.

To test the therapy of REST, the researchers studied around 99 adults from the year 2018 to 2020. The patients were suffering from any sort of chronic pain for at least six months.

They said that the chronic pain may last from 3 to 5 months and at some point in life and calculated that at least 20 percent of the adult has to face this issue once in a lifetime. Some of the participants were meant to follow the REST and the other participants were sent to the placebo tank treatment (it is the same as that of floatation tank environment with less temperature, sound, and buoyancy control).

The other half was told to follow the medication they were using before the study launch. Manuel said that they did not notice any long-term effects but they saw improvement in the short-term period.

These results were similar to those participants who went to the placebo environment. He added that the good results seen for the short periods are may be due to the expectations of the participants towards the REST treatment.

High expectation causes the release of pain-relieving materials like opioids. However, he also found great improvement in certain patients under REST showing that it can have better results for certain people.

After much discussion and deliberations, they concluded that the REST can be beneficial for the persons who take another active intervention as well. Taking REST with psychotherapy and other interventions has shown improvement in the body. HE said that before jumping to a conclusion more detailed analysis must be done.

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