Brain trauma, or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), refers to an injury to the brain caused by an external source.
There are several types of TBI that are generated from different sources, with varying levels of severity.
Two of the most common types of TBI are:
- Post Traumatic Brain Disorder (PTSD)
Float Therapy to Treat Concussions
The most common type of TBI is a concussion. A concussion involves a violent blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move quickly back and forth inside the skull.
This kind of shock to the system can result in temporary unconsciousness, and can have lingering effects on cognitive abilities.
Concussions are most often caused when playing a contact sport, or experiencing a nasty fall.
Symptoms of a concussion are not always immediate, but treatment is highly recommended if concussion-associated symptoms persist.
There are several warning signs that can indicate you are suffering from a concussion.
Some of the most common concussion symptoms include:
- Impaired memory
- Lack of focus
- Impaired vision
- Light sensitivity
- Sluggish reaction time
- Affected coordination and movement
- Induced coma in severe cases
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is a good idea to visit a health care professional for an official diagnosis.
There are several approaches and methods used to treat concussions and the unfavorable symptoms resulting from TBI.
While treatments may vary, it is generally agreed upon that the most important aspect of concussion treatment is cognitive rest.
In extreme cases where there is bleeding inside the brain, more involved treatments like surgery are often required.
However, in most concussion cases, what the brain needs is inactivity and respite from external stimuli.
What better way to give the brain the unencumbered rest it needs than sensory deprivation?
Float Therapy to Treat Concussion
Float therapy, also known as sensory deprivation, has been shown to have remarkable effects on concussion recovery. The Vivere Wellness Mind & Body Rejuvenation Centre in Ottawa is excellent resource for Float Therapy.
How does it work?
Float therapy involves getting into a sensory deprivation cabin that contains 10 inches of water treated with large quantities of Epsom salt.
The salt is there to keep you afloat while you are resting in the cabin. The temperature of the cabin is set to the same temperature as the air and your body, so you get the sensation of floating in space.
This freeing environment allows the brain to truly “shut off”, letting all your stress and worries outside the tank melt away.
Complete darkness and silence help put the brain into a meditative state, allowing the healing process to begin.
Ask any doctor what the most crucial aspect of concussion recovery is, and the answer will almost assuredly be cognitive rest. Your time spent in a sensory deprivation cabin is 60 minutes of cognitive rest. You are not likely to be able to duplicate this type of result in any other setting.
Float Therapy for PTSD
Float therapy is an excellent way to relieve any type of stress, bringing total relaxation to the mind and body.
The key word in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) being Stress.
It has been reported by PTSD sufferers that have undergone float therapy treatments, that sensory deprivation is the only way they can truly relieve the tensions associated with this disorder and feel like they are in a completely safe environment.
Navy SEALs Using Float Therapy to Treat Concussion and TBI
A fantastic real-life example of how float therapy can be an effective treatment for concussions and other TBIs can be seen through two ex-Navy SEALs in the United States.
These two guys, Jeff Nichols and Alex Oliver, have done extensive research into how float therapy can be used to rewire the brain to eradicate post-concussion symptoms.
But you don’t have to take my word for it, a detailed explanation of their findings can be seen in this video.