Can flotation restricted environment stimulation therapy alleviate chronic pain?

Takeaway

  • Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) did not offer significant long-term therapeutic benefit in patients with chronic pain.

Why this matters

  • Approximately 20% of adults experience chronic pain that impacts their quality of life. Despite multiple available treatments, many patients do not experience adequate relief.

  • Flotation REST is an emerging intervention that involves patients floating in a tank shielded against light and sound, that’s filled with high salt, body temperature water and could offer significant benefits for patients with chronic pain.