Everyone knows the weather in Texas is unpredictable, especially in the winter months! A common saying around here is "if you don't like the weather, just wait a few hours, it will change." As the temperature drops, aches and pains become a frequent occurrence. Without proper warm up and stretching, activities like snow shoveling, picking up broken tree limbs and even prolonged standing can trigger low back pain, knee pain and other injuries.
It is important to remember that blood flow to muscles and joints decreases as a direct result of reduced activity. In addition, the abundance of food during the holidays results in weight gain for most individuals. Therefore, it is crucial to stay active, keep the blood circulation going, and burn extra calories during the winter.
It is common knowledge that physical therapy helps in the treatment of injuries, but did you know that injury prevention becomes crucial during the winter? A single appointment with your physical therapist has the potential to help you enjoy a happy, healthy and injury-free Texas winter.