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How to Avoid Winter Back Pain

By Donna Stark

It's that time of year again when you need to dress in layers and grab your winter jacket before heading outdoors, but that's not all that this season is about. This time of year is also a time when you may be more inclined to experience back pain. Of course, there are ways to keep that from happening, though, and your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic would like to fill you in. Keep reading for some helpful suggestions on how you can reduce your risk of pain.

Chiropractic Care for a Healthy Back

The cold weather can quickly and easily increase your chances of sustaining an injury to your back because your body will generally become stiff and tight during the colder months of the year. To avoid that increased risk, make sure you are getting regular adjustments by your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. Chiropractic care places your body in proper alignment, eases tension and strain, and restores full function to both your muscles and joints. Your chiropractor may also offer plenty of lifestyle suggestions that cover diet, exercise, and sleep, and that help with keeping the pain out of your days.

Exercise for a Healthy Back

Although you may want to stay curled up under a blanket during these colder evenings, it's vital that you remain as active as you can during the winter months. Physical activity will help your body (and your back) stay limber and flexible, and that will help decrease your risk of getting hurt. Shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day and don't forget to stretch before your workout. Remember, your muscles will be affected by the cold so you will need to warm them up first!

Slowing Down for a Healthy Back

Is snow shoveling or ice scraping in your near future? If they are, make sure you slow down and use the proper form. These winter chores can wreak havoc on a healthy back because they require movements that our bodies just aren't used to. In addition to proper form, it's also important to take plenty of breaks and to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Your shoes should definitely have great traction!

A Pain-Free Winter Season

Winter can be hard on your back, so take good care of it by exercising every day, using the right form when clearing away snow and ice, and seeing your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic regularly. With these tips in mind, you should be able to enjoy the rest of the season pain-free!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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