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Your Winter Health and Chiropractic

By Brandi Goodman 

The winter season brings harsh weather and sometimes unbearable cold. Many people experience health problems during this time because of how much the cold weather affects the body. Your winter health can be made better with the help of chiropractic and some tips in mind.

Tip: Stretch Before Going Outside

The cold air will quickly stiffen up your joints. You may experience some discomfort because of this. It's important to stretch out the joints well before going outside so they're as prepared as possible for the weather change. 

Tip: Keep Your Activity Up

Too many people stop exercising during the winter months. It's cold outside, so no one wants to get out and do their regular workouts. This period of inactivity is not good for the joints. With the cold weather already making them stiff and sore, it's important to keep them moving and flexible. Make sure to keep your activity up any way you can, even if it means following along to a workout video at home or simply taking the stairs more often compared to the elevator when you're at work or out shopping.

Tip: Follow Winter Safety Advice

Icy sidewalks are easy to slip on, so be sure you're following winter safety advice. Avoid wearing flats and high heels this season. You'll need a sturdy pair of boots with traction that can help keep you upright. If you need to shovel, be sure you aren't overloading the tool. Packed in snow can weigh more than 20 pounds. It's also wise to keep some supplies in your vehicle. A shovel, first-aid kit, extra blankets, and flashlight should be included.

Chiropractic Care Time

The winter is one of the most important times to get chiropractic care. The cold weather is too harsh on your joints. The ice and snow can lead to falls. Flu and colds are more common this time of year. It's wise to get regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your body in the best shape possible to help avoid the pitfalls of winter.

Stop in at The Joint Chiropractic for an adjustment. Your doctor of chiropractic may also have some additional advice for how best to maintain your well-being throughout the winter season. The holidays are part of winter, and you want to be able to enjoy them without suffering through it.

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

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