Pressure sores are the number one killer of persons confined to wheelchairs. Getting even a small one is serious. Being a T-4 Paraplegic who has had a few I know first hand. Pressure Ulsers are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores/Pressure sores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips and tailbone. Individuals most at risk of sores are those with medical conditions that limits their ability to change positions, which requires them to use a wheelchair or confines them to a bed for a long period of time.
There are many important things to living a healthy life after a serious medical change. Exercise is one of them. If your using a wheelchair to get around, your arms become and hands gain new jobs. They also become your legs and your feet. From the time you get out of bed, take a bath or shower, cook your food and get into your vehicle and drive off. You are using your legs in dual roles. Keeping them in shape will make those daily life actions easyer. You don't have to become a muscle woman or man. Just sometype of exercise 30 minutes every other day will improve your health, your self esteme your life and your ability to live a longer healthier and happier life.
Remember that old saying, "you are what you eat" ? Well having some physical limitations means that you can't burn off excess food that we take in. That means gaining weight. And where does weight like to park itself on most bodies ? On our bellys. Being in a wheelchair means not just on our belly, but our sides, and our backs, face. Mostly our upper body. Thats why its so so important to eat healthy. We all have those foods that we love and have high fat and callorie counts.
When we crave those, just remember to eat them early on days where you will be really and active, that way you have a better opportunity to burn the excess off.
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