Scars are a natural part of the healing process following an injury or surgery, but they can be unsightly and uncomfortable. One of the key factors in the healing of scars is proper blood flow to the affected area. Adequate blood flow is essential for the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells, and it helps to remove waste products and promote the growth of new tissue.
Recent research has found that active mattresses may be useful in healing scars. A study published in the Journal of Tissue Viability, found that vestims mattress use can improve blood flow by as much as 336%. The study recruited 10 healthy participants, who were assessed at baseline, following eight weeks of sleeping on a vestims mattress, and after an eight-week washout period. The study found that after eight weeks of active mattress use, resting blood flow, post-occlusive reactive hyperaemia, and baseline skin temperature at the hallux pulp increased by 336%, 197% and 3.5ºC, respectively.
This suggests that vestims mattress use may be useful in promoting proper blood flow to the affected area and helping to heal scars. Unlike many other treatments for scars, active mattress use does not require any clinical intervention. All the patient has to do is go to sleep, and the mattress will do the rest.