Memory Foam Helps Prevent Bed Sores

People who spend a great deal of time confined to a bed may see improvement or prevention of pressure-related health problems when resting on a memory foam mattress.

Bed sores are sores which appear on the bodies of people who spend a lot of time confined to bed. Bed sore problems occur to one in ten bed-ridden patients in hospitals, and they especially affect the elderly.

The sores form at points where the patient’s body presses against the surface of the bed, and causes pressure. The pressure cuts off the blood supply to the skin along the spine, lower back, shoulder blades, elbows and heels and injures the skin cells, if not killing them altogether. Bedsores can be extensive, extending through the skin and exposing muscle or bone. When this happens, infections and even death can occur.

Patients who are immobilized are most likely to develop bed sores

Common problems preventing activity include: severe arthritis, lengthy surgery recovery, extended treatment in an intensive care unit, or incapacitating neurological problems that reduce the patient’s ability to feel the pain or discomfort (stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis). People with circulatory problems (caused by atherosclerosis, long-term diabetes or localized edema, for example), are at greater risk for bedsores because of a reduced blood flow in their skin. Persons with anemia are also at risk, because their blood doesn’t carry high levels of oxygen to the skin. Even people who have limited activity due to mild arthritis, pregnancy, or moderate injury recovery can benefit from a memory foam mattress.

Visco-elastic, or memory foam, can improve or prevent pressure-related health problems. The foam cushions the body by responding to both temperature AND pressure. Though intended to relieve the strain of G-forces when blasting off into space, memory foam is now widely used in bedding products. In the medical industry, memory foam has been used to effectively reduce and prevent bedsore injuries.

Memory foam is comfortable, breathable, hypoallergenic, dust-mite free, and reduces pressure points. Even for individuals with no serious health problems, memory foam can be extremely beneficial for overall health and well-being. Why? The pressure-relieving characteristics can ease suffering from back and neck or joint pain, sciatica, muscle ache, sports or work injuries, and fibromyalgia. The hypo-allergenic properties help ease allergies and headaches. The comfort of pressure-reduction can reduce tossing and turning to help alleviate stress and insomnia.