Does your back pain seem to feel worse when the snowfall is a bit thicker and the temperature drops to a record-low level? Do you find it more and more difficult to move around the house lifting items, trinkets and whatnot to burn calories during the cold season?
While you might think that you’re the only one suffering from this problem, you’d be surprised to know that quite a number of patients who come to our practice for upper cervical care in Cedar Park share a similar, if not worse, experience.
Cold Weather Woes: You’re Not Alone!
Cold weather can sometimes bring more than just a chill in the air. For some people, cold weather can directly trigger back pain. In addition, with the winter chill still very much around and temperatures may drop, some people tend to feel a sense of discomfort from head to toe.
From stiff necks to sore throats, cold weather can make you feel downright miserable at times and put you a bit under the weather. One of the most common complaints is back pain, but why exactly does cold weather bring on this kind of pain? Let’s explore how cold weather can lead to body aches and pains, particularly your back, and look into ways to cope with it during the cold season.
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How Cold Weather Triggers Back Pain
Do you notice how the lower back feels slightly tighter than usual when the temperature suddenly drops? This happens because the muscle groups tend to feel tenser during this time of year, causing you more and more susceptible to muscle spasms and increased discomfort.
Studies also found that cold temperatures can make muscle tendons and ligaments tighter, especially along the spine. When these parts stiffen, your mobility becomes limited and you will likely set off an abnormal inflammatory response in your lower back, causing you to feel worse symptoms.
Upper Cervical Misalignment: Another Possible Cause of Back Pain
Another factor contributing to your back pain is upper cervical misalignment, a problem that usually begins in the neck area. The misalignment happens when an issue is with one or both vertebrae at the upper neck. These bones support your head and help protect the brainstem. When they become misaligned due to stress or trauma, they can cause irritation or pressure on the brainstem and other nerve endings, resulting in back pain.
When your upper cervical spine isn’t properly aligned, it pulls on the rest of your spine, leading to pain in areas like your shoulders and lower back. A misalignment in the upper cervical bones can compensate the rest of the spine and follow its alignment. However, it can also lead to irritation of the nerves along the spine and irritate muscles and tissues around the area triggering back pain.
Upper Cervical Care in Cedar Park For Back Pain Relief
Upper cervical chiropractic care is your best bet for relieving back pain caused by misalignments in the upper cervical spine. It focuses on restoring natural alignment through safe and gentle bone movements.
Countless of people who have received upper cervical care have a long history of neck or head trauma. Some had the injury when they were younger while playing competitive sports. Others hurt their head and neck because of physical abuse and rear-end car collisions. If this sounds like you, we strongly recommend giving upper cervical care a try.
Correcting the misalignments can also make cold weather conditions more tolerable without the existing back pain to worry about and with your blood circulating without interference. Experience the benefits of upper cervical care firsthand! Use this form to book your appointment.
Stop missing out on family activities and enjoy the remaining cold season by seeking the help of an upper cervical chiropractic. It’s never too late to explore this option and give your body the chance to recuperate better after a concussion, whiplash or any other form of neck and head trauma.
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