Why You Should Receive Chiropractic Care During The Winter
The end of the year is rapidly approaching — winter is coming, and temperatures are dropping! As we get into the holiday spirit, our team at Get Adjusted Chiropractic has been prepping our bodies for the cold weather that's here to stay. Cold weather throughout the winter months can significantly affect our physical and mental health. Dr. Justin Lewis outlines how chiropractic care can impact our well being throughout the colder temperatures.
Temperature and Overall Health
For most people, winter is synonymous with cold and flu season. Keeping our immune systems protected from illness is incredibly important, this year especially. As the temperatures drop, our bodies become more susceptible to bacteria and viruses. Sticking to your overall wellness plan, including daily exercise, a personalized nutrition plan, and regular doctor visits can help your immune system combat illness. "In the winter, we see people slacking on their exercises all the time, as time on the couch increases," explains Dr. Justin Lewis. "You have to stay inside more due to the weather conditions, but you must engage in a regular daily routine. You should change up this routine frequently to improve your range of motion and posture — muscles need to be used daily to be improved."
Chiropractic Care for Cold Weather
When temperatures lower in the winter months, it's natural to want to stay indoors and easy to fall back on our routines. The winter months often lead to general inactivity and possible weight gain. For many individuals, the cold can also exasperate chronic pain and joint and muscle stiffness. Whether you already suffer from pain or the colder weather makes it worse, chiropractic care can ease that discomfort. "Getting adjusted is one of the best things that you can do for your body!" says Dr. Justin Lewis. "It enhances the range of motion, introduces the range of motion to restricted joints, and improves mobility and posture."
Your chiropractor will most likely perform adjustments or any other specialized treatments needed. Chiropractic care can alleviate pain and stiffness, realigning the spine, and increase comfort for yourself throughout the colder months.
Additionally, those who participate in winter sports may be more likely to experience injuries during the winter months. With the help of a chiropractor, you can continue to strengthen your joints and muscles to prepare your body for dropping temperatures. "Staying active is crucial to your health," states Dr. Justin Lewis. "You need to keep moving, and you need to stay active. The more you sit on your couch, the quicker your muscles will atrophy. Getting adjusted, stretching, and working out are essential to promoting good health."
Chiropractic Recommendations for the Winter
Dr. Justin Lewis recommends seeing your chiropractor at least one time per month to ensure that your posture is in alignment to allow your body to function properly. Frequent adjustments, especially during the cold weather, help combat any joint and muscle stiffness in the winter, leading to increased pain or injury. Focusing on your spinal health can eliminate pain as early as your first appointment, especially when coupled with your overall wellness routine of exercise and a healthy diet.
When a chiropractor focuses on your spinal and joint health, they help support your central nervous system. The central nervous system communicates with your other bodily systems, particularly your immune system, which protects against illness. When you prioritize your spinal health, you can ensure your overall health is all supported. "During the cold months, it's important to incorporate a daily stretching routine, a monthly adjustment, and a healthy diet to enable your body to perform at its peak," emphasizes Dr. Justin Lewis.
Prevent long term pain with Get Adjusted Chiropractic! Book an appointment online today or call our office at 845-809-8300 to schedule a visit with Dr. Justin Lewis.