Cooler Weather is the Perfect Excuse to Visit a Chiropractor for the First Time

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It’s almost winter, and that means that colder weather is settling in across the nation. While many embrace the changing of the seasons, others dread the oncoming cold because of its effects on the body. Cold weather is known to wreak havoc on joints and cause pain or mobility problems in patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

At Posture Works, we recommend that our first-time patients in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO book appointments early, because chiropractors tend to get busier in the colder months. Patients book ahead because chiropractic adjustments may help improve mobility, loosen tight muscles, and make movement easier overall, in addition to alleviating a few other cold-related symptoms.

How does cold affect the body?

When cold weather hits, many patients complain of aches and pains in their back, shoulders, hips, and knees. These painful symptoms may occur for a few different reasons.

For people with arthritis, cold weather tends to make their joints swell and stiffen. It’s not well-known why cold weather has this effect, but one speculated idea is that the lower air pressure present in cold air makes joints expand and swell, worsening already inflamed joints.

Muscle tension is also common in the winter. This is sometimes due to your body involuntarily tensing up in an attempt to keep warm, especially if you are outside in the cold a lot. All that muscle tension can build and may also cause other problems near the spine if your body is misaligned.

Additionally, when the temperatures drop, people tend to get out and move less. Inactivity can result in stiff joints in the legs and back, limiting mobility and making people want to move even less.

How chiropractic may help cold-weather ailments

Winter-weather joint and muscle pain can usually be treated at home through proper hydration, heat therapy, and exercise. But for some people, this is not enough to prevent pain from taking over and ruining the season.

Visiting a chiropractor may help improve symptoms of pain brought on by cold weather. Chiropractic adjustments are designed to put your body back into alignment and may improve your mobility. Chiropractors can also provide tissue massages and exercises; both of these may help loosen your muscles and joints, reduce swelling, and alleviate pain.

In addition to putting your body back in alignment and helping to relieve pain, chiropractic care may also help you in other ways this winter.

Subluxations, or misalignments in the spine, may negatively affect your immune system. The nervous system and immune system are closely related, and pressure on the nerves traveling through your spine may inhibit your immunity. Receiving regular chiropractic care may help realign your spine and help your immune system stay strong to fight off colds and the flu.

Misalignments in your spine may also have a negative effect on your mood. Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are two mental challenges people commonly face during the winter months. Through chiropractic adjustments, you may experience a positive boost in your mood to help keep you happy throughout the season.

Before the weather takes a turn for the worst, contact Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO to book an appointment today. Our team of spinal experts may be able to make winter easier for you through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), our holistic approach to patient care.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.