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How To Dramatically Shorten the Road to Recovery

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The road to recovery can be a long one if you’re suffering from an injury, illness, or other medical condition. And if your mobility is impaired, it makes the recovery process that much harder. The good news is, you can speed up your recovery time by following the simple tips listed below:

Tip #1 – Get More Sleep

According to the Rapid Recovery Handbook, your body experiences a boost in growth hormone while sleeping. This hormone allows your body to heal and recover quickly. A good night’s rest also helps to decrease stress and increase energy levels. Try getting eight to nine hours of sleep every night so you will wake feeling rested and ready for another day.

Tip #2 – Get a Massage

Lie down for a relaxing and soothing massage to speed up the healing process. This will help to relieve stress from your muscles, which will reduce swelling and alleviate soreness. Getting a good massage will also release the feel-good hormones that leave you feeling happy and pain-free. According to several studies, getting a good rubdown aids in a quick and complete recovery after injury or illness.

Tip #3 – Reduce Stress

Stress can have a significant impact on the speed of the recovery process. Even though some amount of stress is unavoidable, you can learn how to manage it better so it doesn’t negatively affect your healing process.

Researchers have found that high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) have a direct correlation with recovery time. In fact, people who experience high levels of stress recover 60 percent slower than their stress-free counterparts. Consider picking up a new hobby that will help ease your mind such as painting, listening to music, or anything else you find relaxing.

According to Herbert Benson, MD, a mind-body expert at Harvard Medical School, participating in an activity you enjoy will lower your heart rate and blood pressure while also increasing the dilation of blood vessels. When combined, these physiological processes will help you recover much faster.

Tip #4 – Try Low-Intensity Exercises

Even though exercise might seem nearly impossible for anybody with impaired mobility, it’s critical to keep your body as active as possible during the recovery process. Try low-intensity exercises that will get your blood flowing and start out your day with some light stretching.

Yoga can be especially effective for those with limited mobility because it decreases stress and increases circulation while also helping to center both the body and mind. Consider learning some new poses that you can incorporate into your daily routine for a speedy recovery.

Tip #5 – Consider a Mobility Aid

If faced with impaired mobility, a walking aid such as the HurryCane® can go a long way in getting you back on your feet. With an all-terrain design, a HurryCane® can go anywhere you do and provide you with the support you need along the way.

Depending on your needs, you can also speed up your recovery process with other mobility aids such as a transfer bench, car handles, or left-chair recliners. A mobility aid will make it much easier to complete life’s little tasks so you can focus on what’s important…a full and complete recovery.

Healing takes time, patience, and support. By using the simple tips listed above, you dramatically shorten the road to recovery, making it as short and painless as possible.

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