So far, this winter has been a frigid one. Temperatures around the country are reaching all-time lows, and people are suffering real dangers simply from stepping outside their homes. The good news is, preventing injuries and staying safe during all your winter adventures this year can be simple so long as you take the time to prepare properly. Listed below are just a few tips recommended by the American Chiropractic Association for avoiding spasms, sprains, strains, and other potential injuries this season.
Do Some Warm-Ups
Taking at least 15 minutes to stretch and warm your body up is crucial to making sure you’re ready to brave the cold, icy world out there – especially if you plan on taking advantage of Michigan’s plethora of amazing recreational opportunities. If you particularly love the state’s world-class skiing/snowboarding, sledding/tobogganing, or ice-skating, you’ll want to pay a special close attention to maintaining the flexibility and warmth of your legs. A few good squats, some deep lunges, and/or knee-to-chest exercises should be just the thing to get your body ready for action!
Don’t Neglect Your Cool Down
Your cool down process is just as important as your warm ups. Once you’ve had your fun, be sure to repeat your stretches to maintain flexibility and prevent injury. After all, cold weather can make your muscles stiffen up like taffy left in a cold car overnight, and stretching once simply isn’t enough. So long as you keep moving and keep stretching, you likely won’t have to face the unforgiving consequences of a painful, winter-induced injury.
When shoveling snow, or doing any other strenuous or repetitive activity out in the cold, you are putting your musculoskeletal system at risk. To make sure you stay safe out there, you must always remember to:
- Layer your clothing to ensure you’re able to keep your muscles toasty and malleable.
- Do some of those warm up stretches before you grab that shovel, focusing on your shoulders, legs, and back. Repeat these stretches as needed to make sure your body stays limber.
- Avoid any sudden twisting, turning, or bending motions.
- Lift with your arms and legs if you must, but never lift with your back.
- Take as many breaks as you need to steady your breath and reduce the strain on your muscles.
- Stop immediately if you begin to feel any abnormal pain, exhaustion, or breathlessness whatsoever as you may need emergency assistance.
For more information on maintaining your ideal health and wellness this winter season, or for advice on how to recover from a difficult injury, we encourage you to seek out guidance from one of our incredible care specialists at Balanced Health & Wellness. If you are looking for a highly-trained and experienced chiropractor anywhere in southern Michigan, call Balanced Health & Wellness today at 248.397.8122 or simply fill out the form in the sidebar to schedule your appointment.