Winter is in full swing here in Omaha, which means so is the cold and flu season. Viruses tend to survive longer in cold, dry air, increasing your likelihood of getting sick. In addition, people spend more time indoors, such as offices and restaurants, where germs are more easily spread. On top of everything else, the chilling weather means fewer activities and exercise, which can weaken your immune system.
All of this is to say that we are much more likely to get sick during the wintertime. It’s not just our immune systems that are in jeopardy either. Mental health can also take a hit during winter due to shorter days, less vitamin D, and seasonal depression. Plus, the extreme cold causes joint pain and body aches for many.
Despite winter being such a difficult time on our bodies, there are ways to remedy it. Chiropractic care can help you overcome the perils of winter, including aches and pains, slips and falls, depression, and even illness from colds and flu. Yes, all of it!
How can chiropractic care help with all of these? It’s kind of like magic, but with science to back it up!
Cold and Flu Season
Having a strong immune system protects your body from contagious illnesses, such as colds and flu. According to the CDC, adults have on average 2-3 colds per year. Cold symptoms typically include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches, and body aches. However, those with weakened immune systems or asthma may develop serious illnesses, such as pneumonia.
Spinal adjustments from Millard Family Chiropractic can benefit the nervous system, boosting your immune system and strengthen your defenses against illness. When the spine is not aligned, it can throw your entire system off track. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to help relieve this compression which in turn may boost your immune system.
Frigid temperatures can cause joint pain to rise in knees, hips, the back, and shoulders. While there is no official correlation between cold weather and joint pain, it’s been speculated that the lower air pressure in colder months causes joints to expand, which can irritate joints already prone to swelling and tenderness.
If you are experiencing joint pain, we recommend drinking lots of water and doing regular low-impact exercise. These two things are often neglected in winter but can help immensely. In addition, schedule a visit to your local chiropractor. Chiropractic treatments can lessen joint inflammation and increase your range of motion by realigning joints and nerves.
Many suffer from the winter blues, but for some, the symptoms can be more severe. Those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may experience a lack of motivation, change in appetite, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep patterns, and social withdrawal.
A misalignment in the spine can have a negative effect on the communications between the brain and the nervous system, which can lead to a shift in moods. If you suffer from SAD or any other type of depression, a chiropractic adjustment may be just what you need. Research shows that chiropractic care can lessen anxiety and other symptoms of depression by decreasing pain, melting muscle tension, improving mental clarity and providing a boost in physical energy.
Thinking Chiropractic Care is Exactly What You Need?
Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness is your chiropractic care solution. We have a multi-doctor approach to your health care. We offer you multiple treatment options, a wide variety of appointment times, and the ability to see a doctor as quickly as possible. Contact us!