BACK AND BETTER

37 Rapid Recovery Exercises I Use When Injured or Bedridden

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The exercises in this free chapter helped me to eliminate low back pain as I toned and strengthened my body. This includes 5 of the “Quick Fix” Exercises with diagrams from Chapter 3 of the book.

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Ross Hoffman

Imagine that I have just come back from the hospital. My body is in some pain from injury and surgery, and I may still be suffering from the shock of it. My pain gives me a message that seems to say: “don’t move”. I have a healthy respect for the pain. I lie down in my bed at home and my fear puts me in a state of inertia, but the idea that I’d be better off just lying still to minimize the pain does not make sense to me.

It seems perfectly logical to everyone around me. My loved ones, my doctors and my nurses may be advising me, “Stay still. You need your bed rest now. . .” etc. Maybe my family is just trying to help make sure I follow my physician’s recommendations. In any case, I know they’re trying to look out for my best interest.

But there are at least three very negative results of following this “path of least resistance”:

  1. My recovery time is going to increase because of inactivity;
  2. My body, which follows the law “Use It or Lose It”, is going to begin immediately to atrophy;
  3. I am much more likely to feel depressed by my situation and helpless to improve it.

In this book, I decided to take a completely different direction and be more proactive in my own recovery. Of course, I should still listen to my doctor’s advice, but it’s very doubtful that he or she said that I could not move the rest of my body! By continuing to exercise all the parts of my body that are still healthy, I felt I could reverse almost all of the negative impacts of being bedridden or inactive for an extended period of time.

What’s unique about my exercises is that I can do all of them in bed—lying flat on my back taking as little as seven minutes per day to perform.

Here’s how I benefited:

  • Reduced my recovery time
  • Got back in the game faster
  • Prevented atrophy
  • Improved my circulation
  • Increased my respiration
  • Achieved deep relaxation
  • Reduced my stress
  • Increased my strength
  • Increased range of motion
  • Slept better
  • Reduced my pain
  • Reduced my dependence on pain medication
  • Increased my hope and confidence in my healing process
  • Envisioned my own wellness
  • I may even have saved my own life!

All I needed was the desire to get fit and healthy in order to fully recover from my accident, injury and surgery.

The best way I know how to tell you from where my methodology comes is to tell you my story.

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If you want longevity, a longer life and a higher quality of life, exercise is at the top of the list of things that you should do.

I don’t use terms like this lightly, but this book is genius!

William R. Gallivan, Jr., M.D.

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The loss of strength during hospitalization is the most significant cause of lengthy rehabilitation time and the lack of ability to quickly return to normal life following a health problem. Ross’ book gives anyone the tools to retain their strength and return to an active life after being bedridden in the shortest possible time.

Dale Collins, MS, CSCS, EP-C