Hip Surgery: The Recovery Process
Hip surgery is more common than you might think, especially among the elderly population. The hip is one of the most vital parts of the human body when it comes to day-to-day maneuvering. As you may well know, hip surgery has a relatively long potential recovery process. In order to recover as quickly and effectively as possible, try reading the information below. You may be surprised by the seemingly little things that speed up recovery.
Post surgery recovery is typically focused on the physical aspect of the healing process. However, many people neglect to address the psychological aspect to any healing process. Have you heard of the mind-body connection? It may sound like something used in an ad for a yoga class, but it has actually been backed up by scientific data. The mind-body connection refers to the way in which your mind and body influence one another. What does this have to do with healing from hip surgery? The theory is, if you approach the process of recovery with a bad attitude, you will heal slowly and may encounter complications. The data below might help you see the truth of the mind-body connection:
* Prisoners who are placed in solitary confinement often experience psychological disorders.
* People given a “placebo” drug (i.e. a drug that has no influence on the body but supposedly makes a change) typically feel the “drug’s” influence at an overwhelming rate.
* Individuals who undergo recreational therapies such as art and music therapy experience healing through freeing bodily movements and experiences.
Attitude is not the only item that needs adjusting for a better recovery. Another important thing to take into consideration is whether or not your brain has received adequate “exercise.” That’s right. You can exercise your brain and even make it stronger. Vice versa, when you do not exercise your brain it may weaken and even shrink physically due to the scientific phenomenon of neuroplasticity. In order to keep your brain sharp during the inactive period of hip surgery recovery, try following a few of the tips found under the heading below:
Chances are you may not feel like doing anything after undergoing surgery. However, it is important that you do a few light exercises to keep yourself energetic and positive. Try playing memory games with your children or grandchildren. Read a book. Learn how to knit. Learn everything there is to know about how your hip works. Anything will help. The point is, you need to keep yourself from being idle 24/7, a common temptation for those who are on the mend due to hip surgery.
With these tips in mind, you are sure to heal up quickly and enjoy yourself while recovering.
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