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How to Avoid Joint Pain This Winter

How to Avoid Joint Pain This Winter

There are a few theories on what causes an increase in joint pain in the winter. One is that cold weather causes vessels in the extremities to constrict, reducing blood flow. The other is that the change in temperature causes inflammation in the joints, which causes pain. If you are suffering from joint pain in Brookhaven, Century Center Chiropractic can help. In addition to visiting a chiropractor, you can avoid joint pain with these tips.

Layers

Layers are important when you are outside. They can help keep your body temperature up and keep blood flowing to your extremities. This can reduce stiffness and pain associated with reduced blood flow.

Exercise

Cold weather brings a temptation to stay under the covers. While this temptation is strong, exercise helps improve joint pain. It may be even more important during the winter months because stiffness and loss of mobility can occur with colder temperatures. You may have to bring your workouts indoors, but treadmills, aerobics, and heated pools are all excellent for staying active in the wintertime.

Don't Forget to Stretch

Stretching is just as important for your body as calorie-burning exercises, particularly in the winter. Experiment with your routine by giving yoga or Tai Chi a try. At the very least add a few warm-up and cool-down stretches to your exercise routine.

Apply Heat

While this one won't prevent joint pain, it can make an excellent first-line treatment. If your joints are swollen or achy, try applying a heating pad. Heat can reduce inflammation and promote healing if used in moderation.

Getting Chiropractic Care

You may not think about Chiropractic care as a treatment for joint pain. However, Chiropractors are skilled at adjusting joints all over the body, not just the spine, and proper alignment can relieve pain. In addition, a chiropractor can provide movements and exercises for you to do to strengthen your joints and ease any pain you feel.

Don't Suffer from Joint Pain This Winter

Contact Dr. Jared Simon or another member of our chiropractic team at Century Center Chiropractic in Brookhaven by calling 404-634-1669, today.



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