Convalescence and osteopathic rehabilitation

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Convalescence and osteopathic rehabilitation

‘Complete rest will result in decreased endurance levels through reduced muscle strength, metabolic activity and circulation. This can cause a sense of fatigue, affecting the patient’s motivation and leading to a vicious cycle of greater inactivity’                                                                                              Dittmer and Teasell, 1993

“Your body adapts to your physical habits”

Bedrest is often necessary for healing injuries, during sickness and following an operation but extended periods of bedrest can have a detrimental impact on your health. Our bodies are made to move, so if you sit in a chair or lie down all day you’ll essentially become adapted to inactivity.

This inactivity makes you less adept at normal movement such as standing, walking, squatting and lifting all of which a healthy human should be able to do with ease. Your day to day habits manifest themselves over time, for both good and bad. The most noticeable effects of long periods of immobility are seen in the musculoskeletal system, with the loss of muscle strength and endurance, and bone weakening.

Bones undergo a progressive loss in mass through a condition known as disuse osteoporosis. Bed rest causes the bones to lose density because they aren’t performing their normal weight-bearing function. Bone loss occurs mainly in weight-bearing bones such as the spine, the long bones of the legs and the heels. People with disuse osteoporosis may experience pain when they begin weight-bearing activities again because softer deconditioned bones are more susceptible to compression or fracture. […]