Winter weather can make it a challenge to stay healthy for a variety of reasons. Not only does it get dark early, the cold and snow make it difficult to get out and exercise. Many people also suffer from more aches and pains and tend to catch more colds during the winter. It can be tempting to give up on healthy habits altogether and hibernate under the covers until the weather warms up.
However, the good news is that chiropractic care can treat many of the symptoms that make us want to Netflix and chill until May and also give your immune system a boost.
When the temperature drops, it can cause joint pain to rise in knees, hips, arms, shoulders and the back. While there is no official correlation between cold weather and joint pain, it’s been speculated that the lower air pressure in winter months causes joints to expand, which can irritate joints already prone to swelling and tenderness.
Regular exercise and proper hydration can help relieve achy joints – two things that are often neglected during colder months. A trip to your chiropractor can also help, as chiropractic treatments can lessen joint inflammation and help to increase your range of motion.
Cold and Flu Season
While people get sick year-round, it’s more common during the winter. One way to help prevent catching a cold or flu is by taking care of your immune system. Chiropractic adjustments can remove subluxations, which are slight misalignments of the vertebrae in your spine. When your spine is misaligned, it can impact your nervous system’s ability to function.
By clearing the subluxations, your nervous system will be better equipped to fight off illnesses like the cold and flu. Studies have also found that chiropractic adjustments can increase blood circulation and the body’s production of white blood cells, which can boost your immune system.
Many people suffer from a case of the winter blues, but for some, the symptoms can be more severe, such as those diagnosed with a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For others, spinal misalignments could be part of the problem. That’s because misalignments can have a negative effect on communications between the brain and nervous system, which can lead to a shift in moods.
Dr. Cait can perform an adjustment that can help your nervous system function better, and potentially help reduce the symptoms of depression.
Another effective way to treat some of the symptoms of depression is massage, which can help relieve the tension and overall fatigue many of us suffer from during the long winter months.
If you are interested in learning more about how massage and chiropractic care can help you feel better during winter, give us a call today at 207-699-2622 to book an appointment.