5 Ways to Prevent Cold Weather From Aggravating Your Muscles And Joints

Cold Weather

It’s cold outside and while our bodies may be shivering on the outside, on the inside our sore joints and achy muscles are protesting too. During the colder weather, our muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia become stiffer and tighter than during the warmer times. The tissue in our muscles takes longer to soften in the winter, and often we forget to take the time to prepare our bodies for exercising or work.

When muscles are cold, they are not as flexible, which means that they are more likely to become damaged and painful. Think about them like taffy – it’s difficult to manipulate cold taffy, while warm taffy is pliable and easily stretched.

But what if the cold weather brings about fatigue, balance problems, muscle weakness or headaches…what can you do?

5 Ways To Stop The Cold Weather from Aggravating Your Aches And Pains

1. Overdress rather than underdress. You can always remove a layer if you’re too hot.
2. Seal any leaks in the house. People can experience increased sensory sensitivity and as a result they feel the effects of changes in temperature even more.
3. Set your heating. It should come on a couple of hours before you get up in the morning so it’s not a shock to your body.
4. Keep moving. Try to keep moving rather than shrinking into the sofa as this generates heat and improves flexibility and the range of joint movement.
5. Get regular massages. Massage therapy can help fight off negative effects that cold weather brings to your body in the following ways.

• Winter Blues: Massage therapy is a wonderful way to get out of the winter funk and keep your mood light and bright.
• Immune Booster: Massage therapy increases lymph flow, which fights off infections and bacteria, boosting your immune system during the cold and flu season!
• Dry Skin: Dry winter air, blustery wind, and the blazing heater can dry your skin quickly. Massage therapy is proven to improve skin hydration during these dry winter months.
• Shoveling: Our deep tissue massage can decrease inflammation and help repair muscles. Getting a massage after shoveling is exactly what your body needs.
• Circulation: Regular massage enhances blood flow, naturally lowering blood pressure, increasing body temperature, and improving body function.

It’s the holidays – give yourself the gift of massage to guard against the colder weather. Call us today to schedule your next massage so you can prepare your body. Share the gift with others with our gift cards!