Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Floating for Sports Injury Relief
While this may sound slightly strange, one alternative method of relieving sports injuries is through floatation. Floatation? Yes. Floatation actually takes the pressure off of your sore joints and muscles and allows your body to relax. It increases blood circulation and accelerates your healing process.
The way that it works is that an athlete goes to a floatation rehab center and goes into the floatation pod. Sessions are usually an hour long. The lid of the floatation tank can either be closed or left open and the lights in the room can either be turned off or left on. The salt water in the pod allows the athlete to continue floating.
Sports psychologists are well aware of the benefits of relaxation and of floatation for rehab. It balances the autonomous nervous system, reduces stress and anxiety and takes the pressure off of joints. It also helps the athlete to improve concentration and to learn to relax, which can enhance performance.