Date of Award
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Professor Wendy Barry
Glioblastoma is reported to be the most aggressive and common brain tumor in adults (Davis, 2016). To help alleviate pain in patients with glioblastoma, floatation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) is proposed. Such therapy has been shown to benefit chronic tension headaches, muscle tension, and other stress-related pain conditions (Feinstein, 2018). The magnesium and sulfate components of Epsom salt combined with controlled warm water allow the muscles and joints to relax. Studies show that magnesium targets the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) produced by the Anterior Pituitary Gland which in turn affects cortisol hormone levels to activate the body's immune defenses and eliminate the cause of pain and possible tissue recovery. This study aims to develop a conceptual framework that can be used to determine the possible effect of floatation-REST on cortisol levels of patients with glioblastoma for pain management. KEY WORDS: glioblastoma, cortisol, cancer, hormone, sensory deprivation tank, floatation-REST, pain
Gomez, Hilario, "THE EFFECTS OF FLOATATION-REST ON CORTISOL LEVELS OF PATIENTS WITH GLIOBLASTOMA GRADE IV: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK" (2022). Selected Honors Theses. 157.