Imagine this… you suffer from chronic back pain so you go to the doctor thinking he’s going to write you off with a prescription just like he does for everything else… except this time your wrong! He writes a script that sends you to the Sea! Sounds like a dream, huh? Well good news, it’s not! Read below to find out the amazing therapy doctors are now swearing by:
For centuries, Biarritz has been a destination for believers in the healing power of its seawater.
They call it thalassothérapie.
(Sorry, buckaroos, no lassos involved.) It’s a derivative of the Greek words for sea (thálassa) and therapy (therapeía), and people flock to Biarritz’s beaches, spas, and treatment centers for a sprinkle of that sweet ocean magic.
But in the 1960s, a radical (in the slangiest sense of the word) new benefit of Biarritz’s waters was discovered: surfing.
With a swell just right for almost any skill level, Biarritz has become one of the top surf destinations in Europe.
Today, an experimental health initiative in Biarritz, created by France’s Olympic committee, is keeping in the town’s tradition of looking to the ocean for good health.
Biarritz doctors are piloting a program that lets them prescribe water sports for chronic health issues.
Yes, with a script reading “catch some waves” from one of roughly 20 participating physicians, patients are taking four-month lessons in surfing, paddleboarding, swimming, and other lower-intensity ocean aerobics.
The doctors say ocean sports amp up our health in a lot of different ways.
For starters, you get to play in the sun! Guillaume Barucq, a physician involved in the program, says the sun helps our bodies make vitamin D, which protects against cancer, diabetes, and lots of other health problems. (Obligatory PSA: Always wear sunscreen!)
There are psychological benefits to being in the ocean, too. Barucq says breaking waters (e.g., waterfalls, waves, and even showers) release negative ions into the air, which can improve our moods — or get us “stoked,” as surfers might say.
While the research on negative ions isn’t settled, it does weigh on the side of, well, the positive. A 2013 study found that negative air ion treatments significantly reduced the severity of mood disorder symptoms and boosted the moods of healthy subjects.
Read more from the original source here: http://www.upworthy.com/surfing-the-miraculous-treatment-no-doctor-has-ever-prescribed-until-now?c=ufb1