Keep up some exercise:
Maintaining regular exercise through the Winter can be more challenging than the warmer sunny months of the year. Your body will thank you for it however, if you can keep a regular exercise routine. It will help keep your muscles and joints more flexible and relaxed despite the chilly conditions. Whatever activity you choose, always remember to stretch and warm up before hand, so to avoid pulls and strains of any affected areas.
Take time to relax:
It is important to take time to relax and recline during the winter, allowing our bodies to rest and heal. If you suffer from muscle and joint pain it is also recommended to regularly enjoy a long, warm bath – as this encourages blood vessels to dilate and relaxes the muscles.
Although we tend to favour hot drinks such as tea and coffee during Winter months, it is also important to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated during the colder months can have a positive effect on muscle and joint injuries as it helps to keeps our body tissues healthy.
Osteopathic treatment can help:
Osteopathic treatment can help to bring relief from the seasonal aches and pains of Winter. Our Osteopath here on the Central Coast will assist through moving, stretching and massage of affected muscles in order to improve function, preventing issues from re-occurring and working to increase mobility and manage discomfort.
During Osteopath consults you may also be advised on simple exercises you can do to counter any muscle imbalances. If you have had an injury or a tightened muscle over a long time, it may be muscle spasm causing pain, tightness and restricted movement. If so, our Osteopath will treat to reduce muscle spasm and restore the body to normal function.