5 Ways to Stop Winter Pain from Stopping You
If you have muscle or joint pain, you most likely dread winter more than anyone else. The cold can amplify those pains and make it virtually impossible to focus on anything or move about. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop those winter pains from stopping you?
Fortunately, you don’t have to sit around and suffer anymore. To avoid the soreness and discomfort you feel with winter, try these 5 tips to get some relief!
1. Keep up with exercise
It might be more comfortable sitting around the fireplace, but with regular exercise, you can keep your joints and muscles flexible and relaxed no matter the weather. Choose an activity that you enjoy so that you’re more likely to get up and do it. Just 20 minutes of activity a day can go a long way. Just make sure you warm up with some simple stretches first to avoid straining your already-sore areas!
2. Know what to eat
Tempting as all those cozy winter meals might be, you must give your body the right nutrients to help keep pains away. Be sure to choose meals high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and D. Some great choices are fatty fish, leafy green vegetables, and citrus fruit.
3. Avoid dehydration
Your body needs plenty of water, even on cold days. You don’t have to drink it ice-cold though you should make sure you’re drinking it. Water brings oxygen to your muscles where it needs it most. Plus, you’ll have to compensate for the dry heat from the heaters and your fireplace to keep your body hydrated.
4. Take time to relax
Work hard and relax harder! Your body needs time to heal and recuperate after exercise. This is especially true if you have joint or muscle pain. A nice hot bath can really help as it lets your blood vessels dilate and is incredibly soothing.
5. Get osteopathic treatment
Along with these winter lifestyle changes for those with aches and pains, you can enlist the services of an osteopath. They help you by stretching and massaging the affected muscle groups and joints. This results in better function while preventing recurring issues. It also improves your mobility while bringing you to a level of comfort.
The wonderful thing about working with an osteopath is that you don’t even have to head out into that cold air waiting outdoors. Contact us and we’ll arrange an osteopath to come to your home to give you the treatment you need this winter!