Staying on Your Feet During Winter Weather
By Donna Stark
Unfortunately, this is the time of year when doctors see an increase in the number of patients, not only for cold and flu symptoms, but also for injuries caused by accidental falls. Wintery weather conditions, such as snow, ice, and sleet can make any step hazardous to your health, so you have to pay attention to your footing. Hopefully, with the following tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic, you can reduce your risk of falling, but just in case a slip or stumble does happen, you'll be happy to know they can help your body heal!
Staying on Your Feet
One of the biggest obstacles during the winter months is successfully staying on your own two feet. Here are a few suggestions that will help you do so.
- Walk like a penguin by taking slow, flat-footed steps
- Avoid using your phone while walking
- Step straight down when exiting a car or coming off a curb (as opposed to making a wide step)
- Walk on marked paths that have been cleared of snow and ice
- Spread salt on the ice as soon as you can
- Don't let a hat or scarf block your vision
- Wear weather-appropriate shoes with nonskid soles
- Hold onto handrails if available
Caring for the Unexpected Injury
Unexpected falls wouldn't be so worrisome if they only caused simple bumps, scrapes, and bruises, but that isn't how they always end up. Of course, a fall can lead to serious injuries, such as broken bones, sprains, and concussions, but even if you don't sustain an injury of that nature, that doesn't mean you are in the clear. An accidental fall can still cause damage to your body by knocking it out of alignment, which is why a visit to your local chiropractor is always a good idea after a crash to the ground.
Choosing Chiropractic Care
By placing your body back in proper alignment, routine chiropractic care can help alleviate your pain, decrease inflammation, and speed the healing process. On top of that though, your adjustments can improve balance and stability, increase muscle strength, and restore joint function ... all of which can help you stay upright!
Come on in Today!
With more than 500 locations to choose from, convenient hours, and hassle-free visits, improving your odds against accidental falls this winter has never been easier, so come on in to The Joint Chiropractic today! Just be sure to watch your footing on the way to your car!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.