Float therapy is known to relieve pain and lower stress levels. But did you know that it is also helpful in managing osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the body experiences a reduction in bone density, makes too little bone, or a combination of both. This leads to the bones becoming too weak and fragile, prone to breaking at the most minor of accidents. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, “Nearly 1 in 10 Australians aged 50 and over had osteoporosis or osteopenia.” Osteopenia is a condition of low bone mineral density, but not low enough to be osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is more prevalent in women than in men, due to women having less bone mass than men. This leads to them losing their bone density far more easily and quickly than men do.
How does float therapy help manage osteoporosis?
With the loss of bones comes pains and aches. For instance, a fractured or collapsed vertebra can lead to chronic back pains. Weakened bones also lead to easily being fractured; indeed, a simple sneeze can trigger a collapse in the ribs.
To ease these pains, try float therapy. Float therapy involves being submerged in a floatation tank full of a special Epsom salt solution, allowing the body to float effortlessly and easily. This floating will help ease the pressure of gravity and give the bones their much-needed reprieve.
Float therapy also helps trigger the release of endorphins, which naturally boost the mood. There is also a marked decrease in cortisol levels (stress hormones) after float therapy sessions.
When one suffers from osteoporosis, sleep doesn’t come easily. But with float therapy, this problem can be solved, as float therapy aids in improving the quality of sleep. The magnesium content of the Epsom salt solution also helps regulate the levels of specific hormones, allowing for easier and quicker relaxation.
Though float therapy is not a cure for osteoporosis itself, it is a great way to ease the pains brought by the condition. The restorative state induced by float therapy is also an added benefit.
Ready to give float therapy a try? Come visit our salt rooms in our Melbourne centre today! Urban Float floatation tanks in Melbourne will help you unwind and relax easily. If you have enquiries, please call us on 03 9870 4777.