According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, “More than 1.8 million Australians (9.2% of the total population) have back problems.”1 The unfortunate reality is that many of these problems can start in youth. From sports injuries to injuries on the job, no one is exempt from the potential of having back pain at some point during their lifetime.
However, one of the worst back injuries involve spinal accidents. While spinal injuries can be very serious, there is some good news. Bean bags can be used during the recovery time, as a type of stepping stone, from a person getting out of bed to a person being able to sit in a normal chair again. On the road to recovery, those with serious injuries understand the benefits of having a helping hand.
With spinal injuries, there is the not only the issue of pain management, but the problems with patients feeling a bit helpless at times. What used to be an easy task can quickly become something of a burden. Asking for help may be a necessity, but that doesn’t mean the person likes it. Independence is important, especially when people feel their lives have suddenly changed drastically. What better way to increase independence in people with spinal injuries than by having them use a bean bag in the process of their bodies healing?
Anyone who has suffered a serious injury can be susceptible to feeling down or having episodes of depression. This can be caused by a change in their abilities, feeling dependent on others, or just a lack of exercise and getting out and about. While this can be completely normal, many studies have found that colours can impact how a person perceives things. Psychologists suggest using bright vibrant colours such as greens or yellows in a room can help people to feel better. While nursing a back injury isn’t conducive to painting a room, getting an outdoor bean bag in a pleasing colour while you’re recovering might just help to make you feel better.
Spinal injuries take time to heal, but learning how to use a bean bag to aid in the recovery process can be just what you need. Always consult with a doctor first, consider using an easily portable bean bag in a colour that will make you feel better, even when you’re not feeling great. Many people have found they are an excellent tool in their arsenal to deal with back pain and recovery, and the sooner you’re back on your feet, the better you’ll feel. Let one of our bean bags help you to heal as fast as possible so you’re back to being you, as soon as possible.
1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Who gets back problems?. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/prevalence/