You may find that as the weather gets colder, you may experience more aches and pains, and even feel like your muscles are stiffer.
Freezing temperatures, wind chill, and other weather conditions can increase the risk of suffering from Musculoskeletal (MSK) Injuries and can even increase the intensity of certain MSK conditions.
During extended cold snaps our muscles shorten, causing an increase in inflammation, pain, and risk of cold weather injuries. Our muscles also need longer periods of stretching and elongating in frigid temperatures.
Even without any specific conditions, most of us are very aware of how our bodies feel and move when we are cold – we may move slower and walk around when our muscles are tense and stiff. This can result in soreness that we may not experience otherwise.
For those who work outside, be conscious of your working conditions. Feeling warm, safe and comfortable is important as heavy lifting and overexertion can increase the risk of injury in colder temperatures.
How To Prevent Cold Weather Injuries
- Make sure you are maintaining an active lifestyle.
- It’s tempting to curl up and not leave the couch when the weather gets cold, but the more you keep your muscles moving, the less likely they will stiffen and cause you discomfort.
- Stretch before and after a workout.
- A lot of us skip the before, but stretching before a workout can help prevent injury or overexertion of already-stiffened muscles. Post-workout stretches are crucial to prevent any future shortening and inflammation. Ain for a good 10-minute stretch post-workout.
- Dress warmly and bring a hat!
- Make sure you are dressing properly for the elements. Cover all vulnerable and exposed areas and make sure to wear a hat when needed to prevent heat from escaping your body.
Prevent Cold Weather Injuries from Happening
For those of you who have chronic winter pain or recurring cold weather injuries, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to treat your injuries.