People prone to Bed Rest

5 Kinds of People Prone to Bed Rest

When one hears the word bed-rest, it usually invokes imagery of acute injury or pain and rightly so – because under normal circumstances no healthy human would voluntarily restrict him/herself to bed giving up on all physical activity.

[This is a part of series of articles on bed ridden patient care. Read more about 5 Tips to Care for Bedridden Elderly at Home ]

What does it mean to be on bed rest?

“Bed rest” literally means confinement of an individual to bed, as part of treatment. Wikipedia calls bed rest as rest-cure and defines bed rest as a medical treatment in which a person lies in bed for most of the time to try to cure an illness.

What can cause a person to be on bed rest?

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Neuro Rehabilitation: How it helps in recovery of patient

Treatment and Recovery after Stroke

Neurological conditions affect all ages and people. We come across many such people and think that they will hardly be able to restore their normal functions anymore.

Neurological conditions would include:

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gestational diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Did You Know?

Pregnant Women Could Get Diabetes (Gestational Diabetes) Despite No Family History

Increasingly common condition affecting pregnant womenin India,is high blood sugar or GESTATIONAL DIABETES (GDM) despite no prior family history. It is estimated that about 4 million women are affected by GDM in India (Ref:Indian J Endocrinol Metab.2015 Nov-Dec; 19(6):701-704).

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SI Joint / Pelvic Pain – Do’s & Don’ts

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction can cause significant discomfort and pain in sitting and lying down. The Hip joint seems to have got locked and does not allow smooth transition from one position to another. Following are few techniques that can help significantly to ease such restricted movement and pain.

1. Rolling Over in Bed:

To roll over from your back to your side, bend one knee, placing your foot on the bed.  Push the heel down, slightly lifting your buttocks and turn towards the side on which the leg is still extended straight. The top arm helps the turning motion.

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SI Pain & Pregnancy: Tips

Pregnancy is known to trigger Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunctions specially Sacroiliitis. ISI Pain in Pregnancyt may cause significant discomfort in turning sides in bed, getting up, rolling over and so on. The increased weight and therefore pressure on the muscles only aggravates the pain further. Here are some tips for expectant women with posterior pelvic pain (Sacroiliac joint dysfunction). You may also enroll for specialised Pregnancy exercise program ( FAB Moms) to keep all these pains at bay.

Lying down

  • Avoid lying on your back for long periods of time, particularly after the 19th week of your pregnancy.
  • Try lying on your side (preferably your left) with a pillow placed between your knees and another under your tummy.
  • If your waist sags down into the bed, try placing a small rolled up towel under your waist.

 

Turning over in bed

  • To turn to your right while lying on your back, arch your lower back, tighten your pelvic floor muscles and lower abdominal muscles and bend both knees one by one.
  • Turn your head to the right and take your left arm over to the right of your body. Hold onto the side of your bed if you can.
  • To turn, pull with your left hand and take both knees over to the right so that you roll to the right. As soon as possible, bend your knees up as high as they will go – this helps to lock out your pelvis and lessen pain.
  • Reverse this to turn to the left.

Getting out of bed

  • Roll onto your side with your knees bent up, move your feet over the edge of the bed and push yourself up sideways with your arms.
  • Reverse the process when you lie down.

Standing from a sitting position

  • Sit on the edge of the chair.
  • Keeping your knees apart slightly and lean forwards till your head is directly over your knees, keeping your back straight.
  • Stand up by pushing up with your arms, with your back straight and tummy tucked in. This helps to hold your pelvic joints in their most stable position and may reduce your pain significantly.

Expecting moms who participated in FAB Moms, a supervised Pregnancy Exercise Program were able to avoid or deal with such pregnancy related aches & pains far more easily. To learn more about FAB Moms, click here.

 

Related Reading:

Benefits of exercise during Pregnancy

Posture in Pregnancy: Do’s & Don’ts

Happy& Fit Pregnancy ; Back to Shape afterwards

Infographic on Why Exercise while Pregnant

FAB Moms, Prenatal Exercise Program

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