WAYS TO ALLEVIATE BACK PAIN AND PREVENT IT FROM REOCCURRING DURING WINTER
Winter time is usually the hardest time for those with back pain, especially if you have undergone back surgery in the past. Back injuries and old scarring feel much worse when the cold sets in and that numbing pain can sometimes become overwhelming. If you want to keep back pain from ruining your days and nights this winter season then you can certainly consider the following remedies and methods.
VISIT YOUR CHIROPRACTOR REGULARLY
One of the best ways to prevent back pain during winter time is by visiting your chiropractor. Adjustments and chiropractic care are tremendously successful in treating back pain. This is because some of the most common back pains and aches result from poor functioning bones, discs, nerves, joints, ligaments and muscles in the back. When you are in optimal health and your spine is well adjusted the delicate nerve structures are no longer compressed and irritated and pain is relieved.
KEEP YOUR BACK WARM
The cold temperature stiffens your muscles and nerves which worsens back pain. Try to keep your back warm by wearing a vest. You can also apply heat packs to affected areas in order to combat severe numbing aches.
EXERCISE ALL YEAR ROUND
Exercising strengthens the back muscles. Stronger back muscles lend more protection to your spine and reduce the weight bearing impact of your body and of carrying objects on your spine. For stronger back muscles you do need to exercise moderately all year round. Working out can also keep your weight in check. Obesity can have a huge impact on all joints in your body and especially on your back.
MIND YOUR POSTURE
Poor posture is a huge concern to chiropractors, especially now that the text neck syndrome is causing so many problems amongst youths. Try to maintain good posture at all times. If you find it hard to keep a good posture then it might be good to do some posture correction workouts in order to strengthen weakened muscles that could be causing you to slouch.
MINIMISE STRENUOUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If it is particularly cold outside then it is probably best to minimise hard or tough chores during this time. It is much easier to injure a muscle when in the cool temperature and the cold usually has a way to worsen the pain in back injuries.
DON’T RUSH PHYSICAL TASKS
Completing your physical tasks isn’t a race. If you are doing tasks that put a lot of stress on your back then try not to rush. Take regular breaks and remember to stretch your back so muscles won’t contract. If you follow a steady and good pace you can continue working for longer and you can avoid painful back injuries.
INVEST IN A BETTER MATTRESS
Sleeping on a bad quality mattress is very bad for your spine. If you feel sore after a nights rest then it might be wise to switch over to a better quality mattress. It is very important that your spine is well supported and your posture is well maintained.
Hopefully these tips will help keep you snug and pain free this winter. If you do happen to struggle with severe back pain or pins and needles in your arms and legs then it is important to make an appointment with Better Backs immediately.