The winter time is an especially strenuous time for some, especially those who live in colder areas which experience snow. Snowboarding, skiing, even shoveling the sidewalk can all put a lot of stress on your back, neck, and spine. It's not uncommon for us to see many patients who suffer back pain during the winter time at Optimal Health & Wellness Center.
Are We More Vulnerable During the Winter?
We might be a little more prone to experiencing back pain or injury because the colder temperatures might stiffen the muscles more. It's also far more tempting to stay in bed a little longer instead of pulling yourself out of bed to get in that morning stretch routine.
Minimizing Your Winter Back Pain
As we hinted at above, it's a great idea to take 20-30 minutes to go through a full body stretch routine. Even if you can only spare 10 minutes, it goes a long way toward keeping a healthy body, not to mention spine. Incorporating yoga-style moves and deep breathing techniques will give your routine even more benefits.
You might be more prone to staying in and watching Netflix during the more frigid months with a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa, but try to work in some stretching between episodes.
Strengthen that Back While You're At it!
Working out is good for your back when you practice proper form. Make sure to incorporate lifts and workouts that engage your core and strengthen your upper, middle, and lower back.
We hope some of this helps! And if you experience any back pain this winter, be sure to contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule a consultation.