With temperatures dropping, the urge to sit inside and curl up on the couch is becoming harder to deny, especially if you’re feeling stiff or sick from the cold. However, it’s important to make sure that you are taking care of your body and staying healthy throughout all seasons. Thankfully, chiropractic care is an effective method for alleviating your cold weather ailments!
Joint Pain and Weather Injuries
Even if you aren’t in an area that is covered with snow or ice, the cold weather can create a number of issues. For example, letting your dog out on frosty grass can cause you to slip and fall in an instant. Not to mention, the bitter cold causes your body to tense up quickly hoping for relief. If you’re experiencing these cold weather side effects, a chiropractic adjustment can be a quick way to help ease inflammation in your joints. This can allow for a wider range of motion, helping to ease pain and relieve tension.
Common Colds and your Immune System
Sniffling and sneezing is practically the soundtrack to the winter months. While you certainly should consult your physician if this sickness gets too severe, it’s important to keep your immune system strong as well. By targeting any misalignments or subluxations on the spine during your adjustments, you allow your immune system to work in a higher capacity. This, along with exercise and healthy eating can lead to less sniffling and more happiness!
Seasonal Affective Disorder and Mental Health
Spinal misalignments can have a direct negative effect on communications to the brain and nervous system, causing a shift in moods. In addition to lack of freedom to be outside due to cold, and the shorter periods of sunlight, symptoms of anxiety and depression can intensify. Getting chiropractic adjustments regularly can help decrease the severity of these symptoms for some, helping make winter a more pleasing season.
Keep Healthy and Visit Your Chiropractor!
As always, keeping a healthy lifestyle is important at any point in the year, and can help keep you and your immune system in tune. If you’re experiencing any “blues” during the winter, schedule an appointment with Keith Clinic today to learn about possible treatments that can help you!