Combating Winter Aches & PainsDecember 1, 2017
As the old song goes, “the weather outside is frightful.” And, as we’re in the beginning of December, the weather is bound to get only more frigid as the winter season progresses. With freezing temperatures and arctic winds come runny noses, coughs and body aches. Learn about combating winter aches & pains this year with regular chiropractic care. Frequent visits to Van Ness Chiropractic will help you to ward off cold and flu season, stay pain-free and prevent depression this season. Here’s how.
Combating Winter Aches & Pains
Ward Off Cold & Flu Season
Chiropractic adjustments are specifically designed to remove subluxations in the spine. Since subluxations cause interference between the spine and your nervous system, removing subluxations means that your nervous system can work as intended. With the subluxations removed, your body has enhanced immune function and is better able to fight off illnesses like cold and flu through improved communication between the brain and the rest of body. Interestingly, some studies have found that regular adjustments can also boost the number of white blood cells available to fight back against illnesses and infections.
When it’s cold out, your body and muscles naturally become a little more stiff. In an effort to stay warm, your muscles contract inside your body throughout the winter, and they’re reluctant to stretch back out again. Over time, you’ll start to feel stiff and inflexible, which can lead to additional injuries (especially if you’re visiting the ski hill this season!). By visiting your chiropractor, your body will stay loose and limber, even on the coldest winter days.
For those suffering from arthritis and other joint issues, winter weather can exacerbate existing pain. With regular chiropractic care, however, pain can be alleviated without the use of pain killers or medication. Chiropractic care is a low-risk solution that comes with no side effects and is extremely effective in keeping all aches and pains away.
Another common ailment felt during the winter months is SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is more than just the “winter blues” – it’s a condition that causes men and women to experience symptoms of depression during the winter. Regular chiropractic care can help with SAD, too, by regulating hormone production and stimulating the central nervous system. Chiropractors are also focused on whole-picture solutions and will advise on lifestyle changes that can make a difference for those suffering from SAD. For example, Drs. Van Ness and Parkin might suggest additional tactics outside of chiropractic care, like eating more greens, exercising regularly and getting outside into the sunshine whenever possible.
For some, the upcoming holiday season is a time to loosen up on healthy habits. We urge you, however – visiting Dr. Van Ness and Dr. Parkin should be one habit that you do not neglect this month. Seeing your chiropractor for regular adjustments, no matter how cold the weather, can help prevent health problems and keep you healthy and strong from now until spring. If you’re due for your next appointment, click here to request an appointment time that works for you and your busy holiday schedule. Van Ness Chiropractic is open five days a week and offers both early morning and evening appointment hours for your convenience.