It’s no joke being stuck in a hospital bed.
But it seems that the old adage is true – laughter really is the best medicine. It is likely to put you on the road to recovery more quickly than any hi-tech treatment, simply by increasing your circulation, researchers have found. A five-year study of patients with leg ulcers has established that a hearty chuckle stimulates the diaphragm which, in turn, plays a vital part in moving blood around the body.
It actually speeds recovery from leg ulcers, said the report by the University of Leeds’ School of Healthcare. In contrast, expensive ultrasound therapy does little to help, contrary to what the researchers had expected to find. Traditional nursing care is also effective and this human contact is likely to lead to jokes and banter which is where the laughter therapy comes in.
The research, published by the British Medical Journal, said: ‘Forget technology. The best prescription for patients with venous leg ulcers is good quality nursing care and the occasional belly laugh!’