Our float tank contains Magnesium sulfate (a mineral that nearly everyone is deficient in) When you float in a flotation tank, your body absorbs these minerals and your body’s magnesium and sulfate levels increase. This helps to calm your nervous system and enhances your body’s natural ability to heal.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects more than 24 million people in the United States at any given time. PTSD seems to be pretty resistant to most traditional forms of treatment and costs the U.S. billions of dollars in medical care that may not even be effective. There are lots of anecdotes, but very few formal studies, about floating being helpful achieving positive results on a timeline much shorter than traditional treatment. So how do we answer the question, “Does floating help those with PTSD?”
Most of the excitement around floating being used for PTSD has to do with its potential as a treatment, much more so than the efficacy of the treatment as proven by clinical research. That’s what we’re going to look at here.
Before we get too deep into this subject, I want to highlight a couple of things. PTSD is considered a Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorder. Much of the time, when people in the mainstream talk about PTSD, they’re also talking about veterans. While many veterans suffer from PTSD, not all veterans do. Likewise, there are lots of people who suffer from PTSD that are not veterans. Anyone who is exposed to actual or threatened physical or sexual violence can develop symptoms of PTSD.
This means that threats of violence, real or perceived, as well as witnessing violent acts, can cause PTSD. So witnessing a brutal accident, being a paramedic, and experiencing sexual assault can symptoms of PTSD to manifest.
In the past few years, several people in the float industry have been making strides in showing how the practice of floating can help those with PTSD. This is a very exciting development for a lot of reasons.