With winter in full swing and temperatures continuing to drop, it is important for all of us to remember to take care of ourselves and do what we can to stay healthy throughout the season. The extreme weather can affect your health in many different ways. Cold temperatures can make joints feel stiff, ice can make just walking to your car a treacherous experience, and shoveling heavy snow can lead to serious injuries or even heart attacks. When these are combined with the prevalence of cold and flu and the short winter days, it’s no wonder so many people have already started their countdown to spring! Fortunately, chiropractic care is a safe, and extremely effective, way to help alleviate many of these cold-weather ailments.
Subluxations along the spine can affect a number of systems within the body, including the immune system. By targeting these misalignments with adjustments, chiropractic care allows your immune system to work to its fullest potential in order to continue to keep you healthy throughout the winter months and beyond. The link between chiropractic care and benefits to the immune system are well researched, with one study noting that HIV patients who underwent regular chiropractic care for six months had an increase of 48% in crucial aspects of their immune systems.
Painful Joints and Weather-Related Injuries
Stiffness and injuries due to weather-related activities (slipping on ice, shoveling snow, etc.) can be painful and affect both your health and your quality of life. Chiropractic adjustments can lessen inflammation in joints and help to increase your range of motion, allowing you to get back to the activities you enjoy most.
Although many factors contribute to feelings of depression or anxiety, for some people, the lack of sunlight during the short winter days can intensify the symptoms. This is known as SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Spinal misalignments can have a negative effect on multiple body systems, including the communications with the brain, directly impacting one’s mood; correction through chiropractic adjustments have been shown to lessen symptoms of depression in some patients.
Beyond chiropractic care, it is important to remember that there are things you can do every day to stay healthy and productive throughout the long winter season. The importance of a healthy diet cannot be understated; the food we put into our bodies has a direct impact on our mood, energy level, and immune response. Even making small changes, like cutting out sugary drinks or adding a serving of fruits or vegetables every day can have a big impact on your overall health. Regular exercise is also a great way to stay healthy. Finding an exercise routine that works with your level of physical ability and your schedule is key, but it is just as important to make sure that your exercise routine is fun for you. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to stick with it and realize the immense health benefits becoming more active can offer.
Be proactive when it comes to your health this winter, take care of yourself, and let a skilled chiropractor work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to keep you running strong through the cold winter months and the entire year!