‘Tis the season when the temperature starts to drop causing muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine to contract and become stiff. For those with bone and joint related issues, winter weather causes an increase in pain, stiffness, muscle fatigue and inflammation that are harder to control if not treated.
Most common causes of winter back pain?
Decreased activity. Cold weather often mean less exercise and movement that lead to tight muscles, muscle weakness and poor posture.
Winter-related injuries. Such as slip and falls and strenuous tasks as snow shoveling, holiday preparations and winter sports injuries.
Shivering- the body’s natural response to cold that cause muscles to tense up in the cold causing muscle tension in the back leading to pain.
Beat Winter Back Pain with these exercises:
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Side Plank Click
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McGill Curl up
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If you find that your winter back pain does not go away, various modalities such as hot and cold therapy, warm Epson salt baths, massage therapy and physiotherapy can help relieve your pain.
A physiotherapist plays a significant role in the management of lower back pain, designing a personalised exercise program to improve flexibility, strengthening, improve range of motion and strengthening the core: to maintain your body’s stability and prevent injuries.
If these tip do not help, contact us for a free consultation to determine what treatment would be best beneficial for you.