Examining the Effects of Float-REST for Recovery in Individuals With Chronic Lower Back Pain

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Updated on 4 October 2022
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Researchers at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study to evaluate what effects Float-REST (Restricted environmental Stimulation Technique) has on the stress response caused by chronic lower back pain.


Chronic lower back pain has a profound impact on a patient's life and body. These patients face a litany of internal and external stressors. These stressors cause a detrimental sustained activation of the endogenous stress response, which is mediated by the autonomic nervous system. Our central hypothesis is that this high stress load exacerbates the symptoms of chronic pain by causing changes in how the brain processes pain signals from the periphery. If researchers can better understand how stress plays a role in the mitigation of pain, then there may be improvements in patient's quality of life. Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) flotation has been identified as a possible alternative treatment to pharmacological intervention for several conditions like generalized anxiety disorder by helping to reduce stress. However, there have yet to be any investigation into what affects that REST flotation has in chronic lower back pain.

Condition Pain, Chronic
Treatment Float-REST, Nappod
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05260918
SponsorWest Virginia University
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Able and willing to give informed consent
Right-hand dominant
Naïve to mindfulness interventions (i.e. guided meditation, guided yoga, previous REST flotation)
Have chronic lower back pain (at least 12 weeks since onset)
Ability to enter/exit REST Flotation Tank unassisted
Stable prescription medication (No changes in dose, start/stop within 30 days of the beginning of the study)

Exclusion Criteria

MRI incompatibility: The participant cannot have any non-MRI compatible metallic (magnetic) material in, on, or attached to their body
Current fear of small spaces or water
Current balance problems or motion sickness
Body width greater than 60cm
Current contagious skin condition
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