Winter Wellness with Chiropractic Care

Enjoy winter’s wonderland in wellness. The beauty of    fresh fallen snow beckons families outside for sledding, skiing, and ice skating.

Unfortunately for many, winter is a bleak season for incurring colds, flu, asthma attacks, bouts of depression, fatigue and other health issues.

Though winter has a unique set of health challenges, wellness and winter can go hand-in-hand with chiropractic care and a healthy lifestyle.

Does winter have to be the cold and flu season?

Winter is commonly referred to as the cold and flu season, yet neither is inevitable with chiropractic care. A healthy lifestyle is the best course you can take to prevent the common cold and other winter illnesses. Key components to healthy living include: exercise, stress management, adequate sleep, nutritious diet, and regular chiropractic care. Compromising any of these essential links may weaken your immune system, and lower your resistance to viral infections. Consume nutritious foods daily, especially antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables,and exercise for 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week to reduce stress and inflammation in your body.  Get 8 hours of sleep each nigh

t to prevent the common cold, and visit your chiropractor as often as he or she advises to achieve and maintain wellness.

Getting a chiropractic adjustment and taking antioxidant-rich supplements when symptoms of a cold or flu first arise may reduce its duration or prevent illness from taking a stronghold. Your chiropractor may suggest taking any of these supplements to heal,and enhance immune function: zinc, echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, vitamin C, vitamin D3, and olive leaf extract. Ask your chiropractor which supplements best suit your health needs, before taking. Boost your innate, immune response with regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic has also been reported to improve sleep quality, thus reducing your chances of catching a cold. Your chiropractor will devise a treatment program to promote healing, optimal functioning, and healthy immune support.

Asthma

Symptoms of

asthma may include: coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing and tightness in the chest. When an asthmatic breathes irritants or allergens, the muscles spasm and become inflamed in the hypersensitive air passages (bronchi), between the lungs and windpipe (trachea).  Asthma attacks can be triggered during the winter months by colds, bronchitis, allergies and inhaling, indoor contaminates: smoke, gas fumes and chemicals from scented candles, fragrant sprays and perfumes.Changes in temperature and exercise can also induce asthmatic attacks in those susceptible. In the winter months, people tend to spend more time indoors, in confined spaces. Thus, it is important to take proactive measures to ensure that the air you breathe is free of the environmental pollutants noted above. Discuss any symptoms you are experiencing with your chiropractic physician.

So, how does chiropractic help asthma? Your chiropractor may recommend certain nutrients to decrease lung inflammation, such as vitamin B12, or vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects lung tissue, increases air flow and reduces the likel

ihood of infection and inflammation.  However, chiropractic’s primary focus is to optimize the vital functioning of the nervous system, which controls and coordinates all activity in the body. Asthma is the result of an overreaction of the immune system.  A spinal misalignment in your neck could provoke asthmatic reactions. If you have chronic asthma, your chiropractor will examine your upper cervical spine for possible misalignment.  Once the subluxation has been located, your chiropractor will make the necessary adjustments to achieve proper spinal alignment and nerve function. When the body’s command and control center is at peak performance, the immune system will be strengthened and less pronetoreactive, asthmatic attacks.

Blah? Help beating the winter blues

Do you wish you could hibernate until spring?If so you’re not alone. For many people, enthusiasm and energy wanes during the cold winter months when sunlight is obscured by dreary skies.Combat the winter blues, lethargy, and fatigue with chiropractic care, exercise and nutritional supplements. First, seek a chiropractic evaluation. Chiropractic care restores proper spinal alignment, improves range of motion, enhances mobility, flexibility, posture, and naturally increases energy levels. Chiropractors recommend achieving good balance before undertaking a new fitness program. Good balance is an indication that everything is firing correctly in the body and will help prevent injury during physical exertion. Your chiropractor may have you perform a simple balance test to see if you have core muscle problems and prescribe core strengthening exercises for you to do at home.  Exercise is a great mood enhancer and energy producer, and should improve your overall health, especially when combined with chiropractic care, a diet rich in wholefoods and nutritional supplements that fight fatigue, depression and produce energy. People deficient in vitamin D are more prone to bone and muscle strength and coordination issues and depression. Thus, it is important to supplement with vitamin D3 in the winter when exposure to natural sunlight isn’t an option.

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