Winter seems to last forever in Minnesota… Let’s make sure to avoid back and neck problems by taking care of our health. Here are some tips to help you protect your back this winter and help you stay healthy and active!
Spinal Health Tips for Winter Conditions
Shoveling Snow -Before shoveling after that next big snowfall, be sure to stretch. It also helps to tackle smaller loads of freshly fallen snow before it piles up and gets heavy. Be careful not to twist, and when possible push the snow, rather than lifting it. Check out Dr. Guy’s tips on how to shovel snow without hurting your back in this video.
Falling on Ice – When walking outside, be aware that black ice could be covering your sidewalk. Walk with mittens or gloves and your hands out of your pockets, in case you slip. If you are going to go for a jog, try to find an indoor location rather than outside unless you know of a clear, ice-free path. If you can, leave yourself some extra time, so you are not in a rush. The right footwear will also help you to avoid painful slips and falls on the ice. Watch this video with Dr. Guy Casper’s advice on what to do if you slip or fall on the ice.
Cold Weather – For some people, cold weather makes pain symptoms or swelling worse. Adding heat can help to decrease stiffness and promote healing through increased circulation. This could be done with a hot pack, soaking in a warm bath or hot tub, or exercising. Keep in mind that the cold is not causing the pain, but rather an underlying condition is being affected by the change in weather.
Winter Sports – Winter sports like skiing, sledding, and skating are great for fun and exercise! But be sure to warm up first with gentle stretches or exercises. Start slow if it is a strenuous sport or a movement that is new to your body. Know your limits and don’t participate if you are already experiencing pain, are over-tired, or are concerned for your safety.
Stay Active – Staying active in the winter does become more challenging but it is still important to keep your back and core strong to reduce the chance of injuries. Going for a walk, hitting the gym, doing yoga, or swimming can all be great ways to stay strong and keep moving during the winter.
These tips will help make the most of your spinal adjustments and protect your back this winter. An important part of your spinal health is keeping your body adjusted with regular chiropractic appointments and expert advice from your chiropractor. You can reach Caspers Chiropractic in Hutchinson at 320-587-2292, or Shakopee at 952-977-9933. You can also click here to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to help! For more health tips and insight, follow the Caspers Facebook page.