Get Moving: The Benefits of Physical Activity on Wound Healing

It’s simple physics: a body in motion stays in motion.

The same is true when it comes to patients caring for wounds.

Research has continually shown that physical activity can help accelerate the healing process in wounds.

In fact, researchers at the Ohio State University found that exercise can speed wound healing rates by as much as 25 percent.

But for wound care patients, what type of exercise is best?

It often depends on the wound – but whether it’s cycling or simple arm lifts, there are options for almost everyone. Just make sure your doctor approves.

Engage in low-impact activity

Activities like strength training, yoga and Pilates provide an excellent source of movement without the risk of agitating a wound. Basic lunges, planks, crunches or jumping jacks offer another source of exercise where the risk of injury is low. Any low-impact activity will help draw oxygen to the wounds and help the healing process.

Work up a sweat

According to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, exercise both boosts immune function and produces anti-inflammatory properties that signal the body to build and repair tissue.

Sweat has shown to have beneficial effects on the healing process, and could be an important component in treating slow-healing wounds like ulcers and sores, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Improve your mental health

Choose exercises that will have a positive effect on your mental health. Take a walk if it helps calm your mind, or take up yoga to find your Zen. No matter the method, any activity that positively affects your mental health will help you stave off depression and heal in no time.