Here’s one of the ugly truths about dealing with chronic pain. The moment you find something that works for you, some killjoy will come along and mock it.
Mainstream medicine has belittled, attacked, and outright dismissed some of the safest and most effective options for pain relief.
They routinely make desperate patients feel like they need to feel ashamed of even trying alternatives to heavy-duty pain pills such as chiropractic and acupuncture.
And they’re at it again. Trying to dismiss another drug-free option that works for countless folks battling chronic pain.
But I’m not going to let them get away with it this time. Because when you read between the lines of the mainstream’s latest dismissive report, you’ll spot the TRUTH.
You’ll find that the treatment they’re trying to dismiss can actually WORK WONDERS for many folks with chronic pain.
And, as I revealed earlier this year, one in five U.S. adults is battling chronic pain. So this approach could deliver major relief for hundreds of thousands of Americans.
The ‘floating’ trick for soothing pain relief
It’s called floating. And I won’t argue that it sounds a little weird. Or that it also sounds like something that was briefly trendy in the 70s (and actually, it was).
But there’s nothing weird about the results. In fact, I do some floating for my own achy knees, and let me assure you, it WORKS.
Yet, for some puzzling reason, floating has come under attack in a new study. The researchers claim it’s no better than a “placebo” for chronic pain.
At first, I thought maybe my own pain relief was the placebo effect. And, honestly, I’d be okay with that. Floating is soothing, relaxing, and it works for me, so no gripes here.
But then I took a closer look at the study. It turns out that the placebo was… well… ALSO floating. I swear you can’t make this stuff up.
Flotation therapy, in the strictest sense, involves floating in a dark and soundproofed tank. And it’s done in warm salty water, which increases your buoyancy, so it’s easier to float in a relatively small amount of water.
The researchers tested that “clinical” type of floating against the opposite. They had volunteers who were battling chronic pain float in water that wasn’t salty and buoyant in a fully-lit setting without any soundproofing.
After five sessions over three weeks, BOTH groups enjoyed pain relief. Some folks experienced more relief than others, of course. But overall, both types of floating led to reduced pain intensity and less anxiety, as well as specific improvements in achy body parts.
Free yourself from the ache with a float
In other words, the only thing this study truly “proves” is that flotation therapy can work to reduce pain without all the bells and whistles. And I could have told them that.
I’ve done traditional floating therapy before and enjoyed significant pain relief. But I do my floating in a pool these days and still reap those pain-relieving rewards.
But that wasn’t the end of the nonsense in this study. The researchers also claimed there’s no long-term benefit from floating. But they didn’t even study long-term treatment. After those five sessions over three weeks, the study ended—no more floating.
They did check in on the volunteers at three and six months after the sessions had ended and found no lasting relief. No kidding. That’s like testing the effects of Advil on pain three and six months after taking it.
Floating won’t cure the underlying cause behind your chronic pain, of course. But a few weeks of relief for folks who struggle with it daily is worth it for many of us. Heck, even just a few pain-free days are welcome.
The researchers did admit that floatation leads to “strong” short-term effects. And they said that some people enjoyed significant pain relief.
The only way to tell if you’re one of them is to give floating a shot. You can try the formal version in the special tank. Check online for spas near you that offer it.
But I’d suggest you consider trying it in a pool first. Or a hot tub if you have access. The trick is to do a full float to simulate a feeling of weightlessness.
If nothing else, you’ll get a few minutes of gentle relaxation. But if you’re like me, you might also find a favorite new drug-free way to get some soothing pain relief.
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