The cold winter is here, and with it can come some unwanted aches and pains, especially for those living with chronic pain. To ensure you do everything you can to get the best pain management all winter long, follow these tips:
On those especially frigid days, it’s always best to stay indoors. If you do have to venture out into the cold, be sure to wear layers. Add thermals or leggings under your pants to keep your knees warm and make sure you have a good pair of gloves to avoid aching hands.
Being well hydrated is vital for your overall health, especially in the winter months. Not being hydrated does a number on your body, especially your joints. Even the slightest bit of dehydration can lead to preventable aches and pains. To give your knees, ankles, and body the fuel it needs, be sure to mind your daily water intake.
Be Cautious of Your Workout
Activity is key to better mobility; however the cold can add some roadblocks to your normal routine. Now is the time to move your workouts indoors, to avoid any slips and falls. If you don’t exercise routinely, don’t overdo it at first. Be sure to gradually increase your workouts to prevent adding extra stress to your joints.
Don’t Forget to Stretch
It’s always vital to properly warm up your muscles and joints before participating in any workout; this is even more essential during a brisk day. Warming up your muscles helps to prevent further damage so that you can make the most out of your workout.
Take hot showers, use heating pads when needed, and don’t overdo it. If you find a day where your hands are achy and chilled to do the bone, run them under hot water or soak in a warm bath.
Don’t let chronic pain control your life. The leadership at Henry County are trained to provide the most advanced treatments in the management of pain
to effectively get patients back to a “normal” life.