Chiropractor Advice: Winter Weather and Joint Pain
When winter approaches, enjoy the change of season more by knowing how to avoid cold-weather injuries. With cold temps and drops in barometric pressure, your joints and muscles become stiffer and injury-prone. At Campion Chiropractic Clinic in College Station, we’ll help you to be proactive in preventing winter joint pain.
Snow Shoveling Injuries & Slip and Falls
When your joints are vulnerable, slip and falls and snow shoveling injuries can be serious. If you slip and fall or injure yourself while shoveling snow, you can throw your spine and body out of alignment.
To minimize slip and falls:
- Stretch muscles before outdoor activities
- Wear warm clothing to prevent muscle stiffness
- Treat icy walkways with salt
- Pay attention as you walk – no texting!
To protect against snow shoveling injuries:
- Use a small or partially-filled shovel
- Don’t lift the snow; push it
- Use your legs, not your back, when lifting snow
- Take frequent breaks and don’t over-exert yourself
Preventing the Causes of Joint Pain
Joint pain can be due to many factors including overuse, arthritis, inflammation, or bad posture. You may experience stiffness, swelling, redness, weakness, or decreased range of motion in your joints.
To keep your joints healthy and minimize your chances of a winter injury, get regular exercise, keep a healthy diet and weight, and relax your muscles with massage and heat. An exam and treatments performed by a chiropractor are another important way to relieve and heal damaged joints.
How Our Chiropractor Can Help
When you have even minor spinal imbalances and muscle tension, you are more prone to injury from falls and repetitive motions. Dr. Campion and Dr. Sehorn will examine your musculoskeletal system for any problems and create a chiropractic care plan to address them. Chiropractic adjustments and other non-invasive therapies safely reduce inflammation, decrease joint restrictions, and improve your range of motion without the aid of prescription medication and invasive surgery.
Joint Pain Chiropractor in College Station
Head into winter with strong joints and a body in alignment. For more information about chiropractic care for joint pain, snow shoveling injuries, slip and fall injuries, and more, Contact Campion Chiropractic Clinic at 979-693-6500 and ask about our free consultation!