Recovering from an injury is always difficult and it takes time, commitment, and perseverance to get back to (or close to) 100%. Failure to follow through on physical therapy and rehabilitation requirements can result in long-term problems that can severely adversely affect quality of life.
As well as doing everything your doctors and therapists have suggested, one of the best things you can do for yourself when recuperating after an injury is get a lot of good rest to allow muscles to relax and rejuvenate and the body to heal. And that’s where Hippo Hug’s weighted blankets come in. According to an article titled, “Why Does Sleep Help Muscle Injury Recovery” by the Sleep Matters Club, sleep can help immensely in the h process. When you are sleeping you use far less energy than when awake, which means that energy can be redirected towards healing. Sleeping increases the production of growth hormones (remember how growing pains were always worse at night?), and blood flow improves as well. Growth hormones aid in cell reproduction and regeneration, which helps to repair injuries. Increased blood flow provides more oxygen to injured areas, restoring energy and allowing for quality recovery time.
Another way a weighted blanket can help with injury recovery is by reducing reliance on painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Painkillers have addictive properties, and their long-term use can lead to major health issues, says WebMD.com. Even something as seemingly benign as taking a couple of Tylenols before bed can result in liver damage if done for many years. And anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to have negative impacts on sleep, and are not really necessary before going to bed, as a natural hormone called prolactin is released during sleep, which has its own anti-inflammatory properties to soothe sore joints. Be sure to talk with your doctor or health care professionals about using a weighted blanket in addition to or instead of prescriptions.
How Weighted Blankets Help You Sleep Better
Hippo Hug’s custom, Made in Canada weighted blankets work by applying what is known as deep pressure touch stimulation, the benefits of which were first noted by by Temple Grandin, PhD. She developed what she called a “squeeze machine” for herself, which she says assisted in helping her overcome her resistance to being touched. Although she says she wanted to be hugged, she found embraces to be overstimulating. Time spent in her “squeeze machine” had the affect of calming her and promoting sensory relief.
The deep pressure touch stimulation provided by a weighted blanket feels like a firm touch such as hugging, holding, and stroking. There are both physical and psychological benefits. Deep pressure touch stimulation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, causing the release of dopamine and serotonin, which soothes, comforts and reassures. Weighted blankets have also been shown to boost the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep processes. In addition, a Hippo Hug weighted blanket is simply a special addition to any home, as they are made with love using fabrics and patterns of your choosing to make it a meaningful item that will provide comfort and sanctuary for many years.
Weighted blankets keep you from moving around too much while sleeping, which is ideal if you are injured. Having to wake up to carefully roll over is disruptive to regular sleep patterns. Our proprietary ceramic coated metal discs to provide the weight for our blankets, which spread the weight around evenly. These have a lower profile than regular weighted blankets and will not put too much undue pressure in any particular area.
If you are concerned about having too much weight where your injury is (let’s say your knee), we can create your blanket to have less weight or no weight in that zone. This way you get all of the benefits of a weighted blanket while also keeping yourself as comfortable as possible.
Weighted Blankets Can Alleviate the Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Unfortunately, some injuries may not ever heal properly no matter what you do, leaving you with chronic pain (generally described as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks). Not only is chronic pain extremely uncomfortable, it can cause major difficulties in day-to-day life and be extremely detrimental to mental health.
Weighted blankets promote a deep, restful night’s sleep, something that eludes many who suffer from chronic pain. One of our clients, Anna, provided us a testimonial describing how her weighted blanket helped her. She wrote that she often had difficulty sleeping well due to a constant pain in her leg, but that her Hippo Hug allowed her to sleep for a solid seven hours, which was unusual and welcome.
More Tips For Getting Better Faster
In addition to how a weighted blanket can help with injury recovery, other ways to get better faster include:
- Going to a doctor for a comprehensive diagnosis. You may have hurt yourself worse than you thought.
- For soft tissue injuries, ice and elevation for three days immediately following the injury can be very beneficial.
- Do your best to not aggravate the injury further. This may mean scaling back on physical activities.
- Supervised rehabilitation with a trained physiotherapist is best, as they can help you measure milestones and help you progress at the right pace.
How to Choose Your Weighted Blanket For Help With Injury Recovery
A weighted blanket can help with injury recovery by keeping you more still to facilitate a deep and restful night’s sleep. Customizing your weighted blanket is a personal exercise, and we are here to help every step of the way. Our “Try Before You Buy” blanket program allows you to borrow a weighted blanket before making a purchase so you can be sure it is the right choice for you. Then we can discuss the right size, weight, and weight distribution for you so you can feel better faster. Contact us today!