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Tips for avoiding back and joint pains in winter

Tips for avoiding back and joint pains in winter

Have you noticed that during the winter everything hurts more ? Just sit for a long time and then try to lift that looks like the body? Unleashed? standing up and beginning to hurt the back, shoulders, sciatica ...

This happens because, with lower temperatures, the body undergoes a deficiency in the blood support, causing a decrease in metabolism, shortening of muscle fibers, joint limitation and biomechanical and postural changes, which make certain movements of the body difficult. "All these factors are responsible for the increase in pain, especially in the lumbar and cervical regions," says physiotherapist Patrícia Prieto.

The lumbar region is the region most affected by this problem. "The pains in this region are the second biggest reason for lack of work, joint pains, arthritis and arthrosis, also get worse in winter because of joint stiffness," he explains.

Who suffers the most from these pains? The pains can affect all types of people, however, there are groups more susceptible to this. Patricia warns that patients with joint problems, such as arthritis and arthrosis, take extra care, since in the winter these inflammations tend to worsen. In addition, postoperative patients or with neuralgic conditions and people who have been recently acquired flu can also suffer from acute attacks of pain, since cough and colds require a lot of muscle from the spine.

How to avoid winter pain

The key to keeping these troubles off is to stay active, but without overdoing the dose, otherwise you will be increasing the risk of an injury. "The practice of walking, stretching and low-impact exercises are good allies to prevent the increase of these pains," she says.

It is also important, according to Patricia, to do everything to keep the body warm, in the extremities, avoiding to the maximum that the body suffers with the climatic changes and, consequently, postural ", completes. You can also use the hot baths, get away from the blows of cold air and consume foods that warm the body: pepper, ginger, cinnamon, etc. The specific treatments for the problem involve postural therapies, kinesiotherapy, massage and acupuncture with moxas and suction cups that improve blood circulation and speed up metabolism.

What if the pain is too strong?

Many people end up suffering from the difficulty of carrying out their daily activities because of the severe pain. "These people find it difficult to lie down or get up, to walk and other simple activities, such as getting into the car or moving in the bed", warns the physiotherapist.

Therefore, it is important to be alert to body signals. "An important factor is the appropriate treatment for the first crisis of spinal pain, because when treated properly, a second crisis takes longer to occur, and when not properly treated, this problem can be aggravated, making a second crisis occur in a short time and with even more intense pain, "he says.

Is the pain too intense? "It is advisable to look for a doctor so that the professional examines the patient and indicates an appropriate medication for the problem," he concludes.


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