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Winter Activities According to the Chiropractor

By Brandi Goodman 

The winter season is fast approaching. Though some states get far more snow than others, chiropractors still have some suggestions for anyone ever dealing with a cold front and possible icy sidewalks and streets. They're dangerous and need to be treated as such, even when it's minimal.

Wear Boots With Traction

Don't go outside in heels or flats. You need a sturdy pair of winter boots that offer plenty of traction. Slipping and falling on ice is quite common in winter. The right pair of boots will help prevent this from happening. 

Stretch Before Going Outside

Stretching out your body can help with fall prevention as well. Making sure your body is flexible and prepared for what's to come can help ensure you remain steady on your feet and avoid falling on the ice. It also helps to warm you up some so you don't walk out in the harsh cold that can impact your skin and lungs in negative ways.

Shovel Carefully

You may end up with enough snow to shovel. If you do, make sure you're not overloading your cold-weather tool. You should only pick up a light scoop that you can handle easily. Loading the shovel up all the way could mean lifting and throwing more than 20 pounds to the side. You need to be careful and cautious while shoveling and make sure you lift with your legs and avoid twisting to deposit your load into the nearest snowbank. 

Prepare Your Vehicle

Driving in the wintertime is much different than other times of year. The ground can be icy and the air cold, making it hard to maneuver your vehicle. It may even be difficult for your car to run efficiently. You need to get your car inspected before the winter and make sure it's up to snuff. Get a winter car kit in your trunk so you can get out of a jam if you're ever stranded. 

This kit should include water and snacks to keep you sustained. You'll also want a first-aid kit, extra blankets and gloves to keep you warm, and a shovel. You can use it to break up some ice or get snow out of the way if you're ever stuck. 

Be sure to visit a doctor at The Joint Chiropractic if you experience a fall or injury due to winter activities. They can help you recover. You may also receive some additional guidance on how to best keep your body prepared for the harsh winter months and cold that comes in throughout the season.

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

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