Spring into Health with Chiropractic
It’s almost here. This has been an old-fashioned Northeast winter so far this year but despite the over 40 inches of snow we had in the past four weeks, we all know that Spring is coming, and most of us are getting really excited! Warm air, a bright sun, green grass, and colorful flowers. Springtime is a fun and refreshing time of year and never have we needed it more than this year, especially with all the self-quarantining and social distancing due to the pandemic. But unless you’re ready for it and have been preparing, you may find that your body isn’t quite ready for spring when it arrives. So to get ready for spring, you may be doing things such as cleaning out the closets, washing the windows, and pulling out your pastels. But it’s also a great time to focus on your health. How? Well let’s take a look at some ways in which we can help you get ready for a healthy and enjoyable spring.
1. Because Spring is Ripe with Activity
Warmer weather means getting outside is a lot more likely. And the more we get outside, the more likely we are to be active. Activity tends to pick up in the spring. We exercise more. We go outside for walks and hikes and picnics. We play friendly games of softball, soccer, and basketball. While all of that activity is definitely a good thing, for many people, that means an increase in pain. Cold weather tends to make our joints stiffer, our muscles less flexible, and any occasional pains that we suffer become more common. So as the warm weather begins to return, chiropractic care is a great way to diminish or eliminate pain, thus enhancing our general health and overall mobility. Getting chiropractic care now can help your body get prepared for the new activity while still maintaining good health.
2. It Can Boost Your Mood and Bring a Little Energy
This winter has been especially difficult on people and has resulted in more moodiness and anxiety in many. However, the spring is the best time to get a little boost in both your mood and your energy levels. Everything is coming alive in the spring and we tend to awaken from our winter hibernation, so why not join in on the fun? Chiropractic care can reduce joint restriction, which can reduce the pain and stiffness that you experience, and in turn enhance your overall health including your energy. And the more energy you have and the more efficient your body functions, the better you’re going to feel about yourself and your life.
3. Because Allergy Season is Real
The spring is known for the influx of allergies that people experience. This is an area that chiropractic care may be able to help with. Anytime that you improve the health of the spine, you’re also improving the central nervous system, and eventually the immune system. An immune system that works efficiently may be able to fight off allergies or even experience fewer. Since allergies are an overreaction of the immune system, keeping this part of the body healthy and strong is a step in the right direction. In addition, Dr. Gil has some great nutritional tips that can help to ease your seasonal allergies-so keep reading!
4. Colds and Flu Season is Among Us
Unfortunately the end of winter doesn’t necessarily signal the end of the cold and flu season. While we are most likely to be through the worst of it, often the flu season drags on. So don’t let your guard down just yet. All the things that we have become accustomed to during this “New Normal” of Covid- we need to stay vigilant with. Keep up with the hand-washing, cover your coughs and sneezes, keep things nice and clean and avoid sharing things such as towels, cups and plates, especially with those who have flu-like symptoms. The common cold is still around as well so look out for symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, congestion and fatigue and treat accordingly.
5. Outside Dangers
As warmer temperatures lure you outdoors, know that deer ticks also appreciate the change in weather. Deer ticks—which transmit Lyme disease—become active when temperatures rise above 35 degrees Fahrenheit. So to guard yourself- remember to avoid tall vegetation, use tick repellant, and perform tick checks after you’ve been outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Then watch for symptoms, such as rash or fever over the next few weeks.
While there are still a few weeks of winter remaining, I am confident that the return of warmer weather along with the increased availability of vaccines will allow us to return to the more active and social lifestyle which we are all craving. So let’s all hang in there just a little longer, then we can all enjoy the beauty that Spring has to offer!