Avoiding Winter Back Pain


It’s likely that if you live in the West, you’ve been snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, or have taken part in some such form of recreation. You’ve even likely taken part personally in some sort of winter activity that is being exhibited in the 2018 Olympic Games (or XXIII Olympic Winter Games, or the more commonly known PyeongChang 2018).

Even if you haven’t, you can fall victim to back pain in the winter. It can happen with something as simple as shoveling snow.

Why You Are Particularly Vulnerable to Back Pain in the Winter

Your muscles stiffen in the cold weather. You might be more likely to sleep in during the winter, which means you might shirk your morning routine and head quickly out the door, off to work. Even in those moments you can experience a back injury that curbs you from being productive.

Learn How to Minimize Lower Back Pain

One way to get your body ready for an activity, or even to start the day, is to take an extra 10-20 minutes to stretch your body. Try to incorporate some yoga-style moves into your mix and you’ll quickly find that it can often be a mini-workout.

If you’re Netflixing a bunch, make sure to get up every episode or two to move positions, maybe to throw a couple of stretch moves. Your friend, roommate, or partner might look at you weird, but so what?

Strengthen Your Back While You’re at it!

Figure out an at-home exercise routine that works for you, if you don’t feel like sweating it out at the neighborhood gym. Gyms are good for their versatility — many gyms have pools, yoga and spin classes, basketball courts, and all sorts of variety into your routine. Either way, staying active and engaging your core really helps your back stay in tip-top shape.

Hope some of this helps! But if you need to get straightened out, contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center. Our purpose is to help and heal our patients. We treat everyone in your family like they’re family.

Dr. Homer Wall DC