Consequences of bed rest
Regardless of the physical condition that leads a person to rest, under no circumstances is it positive to remain at rest for prolonged periods of time. It causes adverse changes at the psychological level as well as in the cardiovascular, skeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neurological system, among others.
Some of the consequences of bed rest are:
- Muscle weakness affecting coordination and balance.
- Reduction of exercise tolerance and work capacity.
- Risk of aspiration pneumonia, infections and hypoxia.
- Muscle loss due to lack of protein in the body.
- Increase in stone formation.
- Reduction of appetite, constipation, and / or anorexia.
- Confusion, anxiety and depression.