How Floatation Helps Navy Seals Recover from Concussions

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Science and Media | 0 comments

Navy SEALs face some of the most challenging circumstances on the planet. They’re called into action to serve and protect in the diverse terrains of sea, air, and land. Unfortunately, their service often comes with a price: illnesses and injuries caused by combat.
The good news is that floatation therapy is an excellent tool for healing concussions and other injuries sustained during service. Floatation therapy provides deep relaxation and pain relief and promotes the body’s natural healing abilities. The result is deep physical and psychological healing.

What’s a Concussion?

Concussions are a common form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a broader category of injury in which brain functionality is impaired by an external event. People in other occupations are also affected by concussions – particularly athletes. Concussion symptoms are often more severe among men and women who have seen combat, however.

A concussion occurs when a person suffers an impact that causes the brain to move inside the skull. This movement leads to bruising and inflammation, which inhibits various brain functions.

Causes of Concussions for SEALs

In wartime, SEALs encounter many events that can cause concussion. Impact wounds, falls, concussive blasts, and explosions are all common sources of injury. Navy SEALs and others in combat zones may sustain multiple concussions, leading to repeated brain injuries.

Symptoms of Concussions

Concussion symptoms are varied and range from minor to very severe.Common symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Memory loss

There are different levels of concussion that a SEAL may suffer. Some symptoms last only a brief time, while others can linger for months.

Healing Benefits of Floatation

Floatation therapy is a gentle and effective treatment that can help heal concussions and other wartime injuries. The healing benefits of floatation therapy are a natural consequence of the deep relaxation that floating promotes.

Floaters’ bodies become weightless, removing all unnecessary pain and stress. Blood pressure lowers, circulation improves, and stress hormones like cortisol are eliminated from the body. When circulation improves, so does the body’s healing capacity.

Less Is More

During floatation therapy, the brain is relieved of external stimulation. The lack of outside sensory “noise” is especially beneficial for healing concussions, as it allows the brain to rest.

If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion or other combat injury, floatation therapy can provide short and long term relief.