Accelerate Wound Healing?
Wound healing is a normal biological process in the human body achieved through four precisely and highly programmed phases: *hemostasis, *inflammation, *proliferation, and *remodeling. For a wound to heal successfully, all four phases must occur in the proper sequence and time frame.
Can the human body 'accelerate' the natural process of healing using external measures? Let's dive in to find out!
Several factors can slow down the wound healing process including insufficient blood flow to the skin. According to research, poor blood supply can be due to a few reasons such as blocked or narrowed blood vessels and low blood pressure. Here are some ways you can improve blood flow to speed up wound healing:
- Apply heat to the area
An effective way to increase blood flow is to apply heat to the wound. Whether you put the affected area in a bucket of warm water or place a heating pad on it, you can increase blood flow to the skin. For example. Keeping heat on the wound for 15 to 30 minutes three to four times a day can be beneficial.
- Stop smoking
If you are a smoker, now may be the time to quit. According to Smokefree.gov, nicotine tightens blood vessels, which prevents essential nutrients from reaching a wound. If nutrients can’t get to an injury, it will severely slow down the healing process.
- Elevate the wound
Since swelling restricts blood flow, it is important to keep your wound elevated. For example, if the wound is on your leg, place a pillow or two under it while you lie down. Medical research suggests elevating the area three to four times a day for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Get moving
When you are recovering from a wound, exercise is probably one of the last things you want to think about. However, regular physical activity can improve blood circulation. Include both aerobic and strength training exercises in your workout routine. For example, you could try walking, swimming, biking or even dancing. If you have trouble finding motivation to exercise, ask a friend to do it with you.
- Eat a healthy diet
If you want to improve blood flow, it is important to eat a nutritious diet. Nutrients that promote healthy blood flow include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C and E, magnesium and folate. Good foods to add to your diet include salmon, oranges, carrots, walnuts, bell peppers and dark leafy vegetables.
- Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) / Cold Laser Therapy (THE SCIENCE OF LIGHT)
LASER THERAPY IS NOT A NEW TECHNOLOGY. IN FACT, THE BENEFITS OF LASER THERAPY ARE PROVEN IN MORE THAN *4,000 SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND 500 CLINICAL STUDIES.
Laser therapy is the use of light from a Low Intensity Laser Diode or an array of Superluminous Diodes to decrease pain, accelerate healing and inflammation. LLLT is also known as cold laser, low intensity laser therapy or photobiomodulation.
Laser therapy does not heat or cut tissue, unlike high intensity lasers. Many pharmacological treatments mask pain or only address the symptoms of the disease whereas Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing. This means that the treatments are effective and the benefits of laser therapy are long lasting.
***Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) / Cold Laser Therapy is an effective treatment for enhancing wound contraction of partial-thickness abrasions. It also facilitates wound contraction of untreated wounds on the same arm, suggesting an indirect effect on surrounding tissues.
Discuss with your family physician and or medical professional about using LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) as a possible solution and remedy for accelerated wound healing.
*Hemostasis is the process of the wound being closed by clotting. Hemostasis starts when blood leaks out of the body.
*Inflammation is the second stage of wound healing and begins right after the injury when the injured blood vessels leak transudate (made of water, salt, and protein) causing localized swelling. Inflammation both controls bleeding and prevents infection.
*The proliferative phase of wound healing is when the wound is rebuilt with new tissue made up of collagen and extracellular matrix. In the proliferative phase, the wound contracts as new tissues are built.
*The remodeling stage of wound healing is when collagen is remodeled from type III to type I and the wound fully closes. The cells that had been used to repair the wound but which are no longer needed are removed by **apoptosis, or programmed cell death.