Fall is almost upon us. The temperatures are finally going to drop. Summer seems to take an age to get here and then an age to move into fall. The temperature drop will come as a relief to some, but for others it can present problems, particularly where pain is concerned. The colder and damp weather may cause back pain, knee pain and other pains in the joints, and it is typical we start seeing more patients this time of year.
So what we suggest to patients who know they tend to experience pain more at this time of the year is to be as pro-active about your condition as possible. There are a number of things you can help yourself with at home such as trying to be as active as possible, consuming anti-inflammatory type foods (salmon, ginger, nuts etc), regular stretches and exercise, but above all, come in and see us regularly so we can help your range of motion.
Worried about cost? Well, did you know that many insurance policies covers a certain number of chiropractic or physical therapy visits each year? Check your policy to see how many you have and take advantage of them. If you have 12 visits for the rest of the year, that’s 4 visits a month you could plan and enable you to give your body as much help as possible in staying functional and thus staying out of pain.
Consider what happens if you wait until you experience pain. Your joints begin to dysfunction and don’t work like they should. This produces adhesions or scar tissue. This impedes function even more and the friction caused by moving creates inflammation and ultimately pain. It’s like rubbing your hands together for a long time, callouses form as heat is generated and then inflammation and pain is the result. It’s very similar with your joints.
Chiropractic treatment and physical therapy help to keep the body functional. They break up these adhesions and enable your joints to work the way they should. Staying on top is key and will help you to have a pain free winter, or at least help reduce the pain.
So check your insurance company and see how many visits you have left for the year and plan them out. Don’t forget, you lose them at the end of the year so take advantage of them. You’ve paid for them anyway!