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Are your muscles sore from the cold?

Winter weather is here. It commonly is a time we hear patients complaining of their bodies feeling tight, tired, and fragile.

With the current weather we experience in winter, this is the case for many people as prolonged time of inactivity in our muscles leads to tightness and less elasticity in the joints.

How can you avoid tightness?

To avoid these problems, there are many things that you can do. Since this tightness can result from your muscles being inactive, by staying active and warm your muscles and joints will be more flexible and relaxed despite the chilly conditions. You can also choose to have warm baths which encourages blood vessels to dilate and relaxes the muscles.

How does the cold affect pre-existing conditions?

A common condition that many people have is arthritis. This condition can worsen with the cold since joints and muscles are already affected. Arthritis patients have swollen joints and when the soft tissue expands around the joints, it causes more pressure and pain.

Do I need to see a physiotherapist?

If you are feeling any musculoskeletal pain for a prolonged time period, you may benefit from seeing a physiotherapist. The pain felt may be heightened due to the weather which may mean that existing issues which was not yet known may arise now. It is best to book an appointment and investigate the pain before it is too late.

Other tips:

Some other ways which you can prevent sore muscles is from always stretching before and after exercise, hydration and having warm-up sessions. This will allow your muscles to be loose and ready for activity. Keep yourself warm by wearing layers of clothing to prevent constriction of muscles and practice good hygiene to prevent yourself from getting sick.

How Do I Book An Appointment?

We’re taking the health of our clients, members and staff very seriously and our preference would be for you to call to book an appointment so that we can make sure to explain our approach to keeping you safe. Call us at (02) 9793 3119

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