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How To Decrease Muscle And Joint Pain In Cold Weather?

Info Relinque - Thursday, June 09, 2011

Here are 6 simple tips our Osteopaths in Ivanhoe recommend to relieve muscle and joint pain in cold weather.

The chill of winter is definitely in the air. The days are getting shorter, and the nights longer. The mild and pleasant days of Autumn will soon be a thing of the past. Having a family of passionate skiers, the transition into winter is probably our favourite time of year. The anticipation of a snowy season is slowly building.

Unfortunately, this changing of season it is not a time of year that is embraced by all. Sadly, for some of you, the onset of cold weather results in increased muscle and joint pain. Your body becomes stiff, and you generally feel miserable.

The great news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a few things you can do to combat the effects of cold weather. They require a little effort, but the rewards will be well worth it!

Adding a few of the following recommendations into your daily routine may help you sail through winter with decreased pain and increased mobility.

1) Exercise.
Exercise is one of the easiest ways to decrease muscle and joint stiffness in winter. A simple routine of 20- 30 min per day will increase blood flow to your muscles and joints, and therefore decrease stiffness. Great indoor exercise for the colder months include pilates, aerobics, spin classes and yoga.

Remember to keep warm when exercising - it is better to wear two or three thin layers of clothing, than one heavy layer.

2) Eat Healthy and Nutritious Food
There are many great tasting foods that can help keep you warm and increase your circulation through winter. Most of these foods have great anti inflammatory properties as well.

Garlic, Onion, Cayenne pepper, Ginger, Peanuts, Clove, Fennel, Cinnamon, Carrots, Salmon, Avocados, Pumpkin seeds, Strawberries, Grapefruit, Oranges, Almonds.

3) Get some Sun
Make the most of those sunny days whenever possible. Not only does sunlight stimulate Vitamin D within your body, but it lifts your mood, and warms you up(therefore increasing circulation).

4) Embrace the Season
Take up a seasonal sport. Regular seasonal activities that take advantage of the changing seasons will keep you active and lift your spirits - it’s all about keeping your muscles working during the colder months. Activities such as Downhill skiing, Cross country skiing, touch football are all excellent forms of seasonal exercises.

5) Visit your Osteopath
Gentle, manual Osteopathic treatment to your aching muscles and joints can be an effective way to increase joint mobility, and decrease muscular tension. Osteopaths specialise in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems, and may be able to keep you loose and pain free this winter.

The Osteopaths at Reliance health centre would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

6) Get a Massage
Massage is an excellent way to increase blood flow to your tight and aching muscles. Deep tissue massage supports your body’s own healing mechanism, and can help revitalise tired and aching muscles.

If you have any questions regarding muscle and joint pain, osteopathy, pilates or massage pleases contact Relinque in Ivanhoe. 

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