Winter has arrived! With colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, back pain can occur and affect your daily life. The team at the Center for Spine Care offers these helpful tips to help keep your back pain away during the cold months. Grab a hot chocolate and read on!
- Wear several layers of clothing that can be removed easily if needed.
- Wear a hat that also covers your ears to keep your head warm.
- At bedtime, keep several blankets or an electric blanket on hand.
- Keep the temperature in your home as warm as you can.
- Dark, cold, gloomy days can discourage you from exercising and can even lead to depression.
- Exercise indoors regularly to keep muscles warm and spirits up.
- Yoga, riding a stationary bike, elliptical, or swimming in an indoor heated pool are all great ways to keep active and provide relief from depression and back pain.
- Go to a nearby mall and walk.
STAY LIMBER & FIT
- Stretch in the morning and evening to keep your muscles and ligaments loose.
- Take a warm bath to help relieve back pain. Apply a heating pad to the painful area.
- Extra pounds gained during winter months can trigger back pain. While watching TV, stand up from the couch during commercials and stretch.
- Eat a healthy diet of antioxidant rich foods such as fruit, green leafy vegetables and salmon.
SLIPPERY SIDEWALKS & ICY SURFACES
- Wear shoes or boots with rubber soles to provide traction on snowy or icy surfaces.
- Make sure your shoes are as comfortable and stable as possible, to avoid falling.
- Pay careful attention to where you are walking as black ice can be a factor.
- Avoid carrying items in your arms that may cause you to be unbalanced.
The Center for Spine Care team has been involved in the development of true minimally-invasive spine treatments for more than 20 years! We offer customized treatment plans to address a patient’s unique and specific source of back or neck pain, from conservative treatments to minimally invasive options. If you have neck or back pain, contact us to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you.