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Protecting Your Spine Health This Winter

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Protecting Your Spine Health This Winter

It’s wintertime, which means that our bones may be feeling the cold. This is because circulation has a harder time keeping up with the dropping temperatures. Because of the cold, it can be harder to keep your muscles and bones warm and avoid injury. Learn tips for keeping your spine loose during the winter months along with safety reminders to avoid slips and falls!

 

Top Winter Injuries

Did you know that winter injuries are very common? This is especially true of areas around the nation that get extra cold or snowy. One of the most common winter injuries is slipping and falling on ice. Just one fall could break a bone, knock joints out of alignment and damage nerves that won’t seem to wake up again. Other common injuries include: 

  • Car accidents due to snow and ice
  • Winter sport injuries (like snowboarding, sledding and skiing)
  • Back injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Muscle injuries (sprains and tears) during leisure sports and outdoor exercise

 

Tips to Avoid Slips and Falls

Your spine health is integral to your overall health. You want to avoid spine health issues and injuries, especially when they are so common in the winter. Here are some of our tips for doing just that: 

  • To avoid slipping and falling on the ice, choose proper footwear. If you’re heading into the office, wear snow boots and switch into heels or dress shoes once you’re at the office. 
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Know where patches of ice are if you’re walking. Watch for other cars when driving and put extra effort into slowing down your car ahead of stop signs, intersections and the cars in front of you. 
  • Exercise indoors to avoid slips and falls, plus muscle injuries that can happen when your muscles are too cold to be moving fast. 
  • Do a warm-up. If you’re exercising and planning to be outside, try warming up your muscles ahead of time indoors. Only stretch when you have done a warm-up, as cold muscles can strain and tear much easier than warm ones will. 
  • Use a cane or other walking device when walking in snow and ice, especially if there are no objects (such as rails) to stabilize with. 
  • Stay healthy and less prone to injury by focusing on a healthy diet, proper sleep, frequent exercise and plenty of hydration. This will help you avoid sickness as well. 

 

Why It’s Important to Stay Active

Many people find it harder to stay active during the winter months, especially if they are used to exercising outside. It can actually be unsafe to run and exercise in the snow, as slips and falls are much more common, which can lead to injury. The cold weather also slows down circulation and how well your muscles move. The key is to find ways to stay active indoors and to switch it up so you don’t get bored throughout those winter months. 

 

Studies show that the average American gains 5 pounds or more during the winter months. This is due to holidays and extra snacking, more frequent sickness and less physical activity. To stay healthy, you want to make sure you keep up on your health and fitness all year round. 

 

Exercise is one of the best ways to help prolong your life and to avoid chronic conditions and illnesses. The American Heart Association reports that people can avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and more with enough physical activity on a weekly basis. Their suggestion is to receive at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week, or 75 minutes or vigorous exercise. That is about 5 days a week of 30 minutes of exercise.

 

Besides avoiding illness and increasing lifespan, exercise can also help your mental health. The Mayo Clinic reports that almost any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. When you exercise, your body releases more feel-good hormones called “endorphins” that make you happier and less stressed. So stay active so you can feel healthy, happy and more able to take on your day!

 

Treatments to Help Spine Health

At our office, we provide all of the following services that our patients can choose from:

  • Chiropractic Care
  • Spinal Decompression Treatment
  • Class IV Laser Therapy
  • Neuropathy Treatment
  • High-Tech Rehabilitation
  • Active Release Technique
  • Vibration Exercises and Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Anti-Inflammatory/Joint Injections

All of these holistic therapies are catered specifically to the back and spine to have better spine health, but all can be used for other chronic pain issues, diseases or chronic conditions. Our most successful treatments for back and spine conditions include: 

  • Spinal decompression therapy. It’s one of our most prescribed treatments because it’s so effective in treating lower back pain. By slowly and gently stretching the spine, Spinal decompression relieves the pent up pressure within compressed discs and vertebrae. Many patients who have tried surgery or medications without success report experiencing significant relief with this treatment.
  • Chiropractic adjustments. These improve your body’s normal functioning and support excellent long-term health. Your spine is responsible for movement, coordination, control, support, protection, and protects your central nervous system, which controls all movement. We realign the back and spine, which helps relieve chronic pain, misalignment, aching joints, inflammation buildup, and conditions such as herniated discs.  
  • Nutrition help. Having great spine health not only requires proper manipulation and alignment, but also proper nutrition and circulation. The better your diet, the fewer health problems you will have. Your body needs essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, carbohydrates and water in order to function and be free of pain. We help our patients achieve better health and reduced pain with specific goals and lifestyle changes. 

No matter what is causing your spine health issue, we have a therapy that can be effective in your healing. To schedule your consultation, and to ask more about our spine health tips, call Colorado Regenerative Health today at (303) 872-7161!

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