Physical benefits of float tank therapy


What is float tank therapy?


Float tank therapy is a sensory deprivation tank that consists of water and almost 800 pounds of magnesium sulfate and Epsom salts. These salts help in the promotion of floating inside the tank. The concentration of these salts is usually higher to keep the person afloat in the water. In the float tank, a person tends to stay afloat and awake yet relaxed.

The atmosphere and temperature around these tanks are usually about skin temperature. At the same time, the room is soundproof and dark to induce relaxation. These tanks help in decreasing the sensory states of the external environment.

Physical benefits of float tank therapy

In this article, we will discuss some physical benefits of this type of therapy.

  1. Pain relief

The floating tank has a vital role in decreasing or managing body pain. Pain can range from physical body pain, injury or disease-related pain, and pain due to physical exertion. Floating tank therapy tends to remove all the external stimuli, affecting the person and triggering the pain’s internal stimuli. Floating therapy tends to suppress the sympathetic nervous system or “flight or fight” the brain’s action. It takes a person to “rest and recover” phase, which is the prerequisite for relaxation.


  1. Muscle relaxation

According to several research studies, floating therapy can simultaneously provide relief from pain and other psychological distress. The relief from tension and stress can help in the improvement of sleep.

In an interventional study, three patients had flat tank therapy for their fibromyalgia. Researchers assessed and measured their levels of pain before and then after the session. According to the study results, there was a vital decrease in the intensity and levels of pain.

After a few sessions, there was an even more decrease in the intensity of the pain.

Floating tank therapy helped the patients with fibromyalgia to:

  • Decrease the muscle tension
  • Ease in muscle movement
  • Stress reduction
  • Decrease anxiety and irritation.

Along with these all benefits, floating tank also helped with having:

  • Relaxation
  • High energy or energy boost
  • Metal and physical well-being
  1. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis are the two most prevalent diseases of the joints. These diseases have characteristic features of pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the joints. Float tank therapy or isolation pod is the best alternative for traditional practices for arthritis.

Floating tank therapy can help individuals suffering from arthritis by:

  • Relieving the joint pain when a person is in weight free condition
  • Increasing the muscle strength around the involved joint
  • Improving the joints’ and muscles’ range of motion
  • Improving the function and pain of the body
  • Relieving the cofactors of the disease as anxiety, sleep disturbances, and stress
  1. Sharpens sensitivity

Float tanks and rooms tend to minimize the external stimuli, improving the internal body responses.

A patient tends to feel secure and safe inside a place where there is no external sensory stimulation.  A person tends to feel his or her body and the heartbeat’s rhythm, establishing a strong link between person and body.

  1. Behavioral adjustments

Along with treating several physical conditions, floatation tank therapy helps with different behavioral patterns.

Float tank therapy helps in:

  • Reducing the depression
  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Alleviating stress
  • Inducing calmness
  • Improve focus and concentration

Along with it, this therapy can also help remove the daily life adverse effects that encourage the sense of emotional and physical well-being inside an individual.


  1. Athletic performances

According to the research studies, floatation tank therapy helps with a faster workout by reducing lactic acid concentration in the body.

In the floating tank, gravity tends to minimize, helping in a faster lactic acid movement outside the muscle. It also helps in the reduction of overall pain and stiffness in the muscles.

According to floating tank experts, these float tanks are also usable by the athletes for improving their physical and athletic performances.

The better results of athletic performances can be due to:

  • Reduction in overall all body muscles stress
  • More focus on the goal while therapy
  • Less interaction with the noisy external environment
  • Less muscle soreness or fatigue post long workouts


  1. Treats hypertension

In isolation pods or float tanks, an individual tends to float free of gravity. In this state, your blood vessels tend to stay dilated. The dilatation of the blood vessels helps in immediate relief from hypertension and smooth blood flow through them. Floatation tank therapy maximizes the supply of oxygen, blood cells, and nutrients to the body cells. Float tank therapy is a great way to balance blood pressure.