Are you enjoying the cooler weather after our long summer this year? What a change! It has been quite chilly for us Queenslanders!
The colder weather can cause some people to have back pain, though. Why is this? It can be caused by tightening of the ligaments, muscles and tendons that irritate the nerve roots leaving from the spine. If there is already inflammation in your spine, it can cause pain and swelling.
A 2012 Swedish study found that of almost 135,000 construction workers that worked in the cold several hours a day reported more neck and back pain than office workers. (1)
So, what can you do about it?
Wear Warmer Clothes
Sometimes, Queenslanders don’t wear warm enough clothes to keep the muscles warm in your back. Warmer or layered clothing can help with this.
Stretching will limber up your muscles and ligaments. This keeps the blood flowing better which keeps them warm. If you tend to watch more TV in the cooler months, remember to get up and walk around every now and then (and have a stretch too!)
Try to avoid binge eating in front of the TV etc too. Keeping your weight under control can reduce the strain on your spine.
You can use heat packs or ice to help relieve your pain (see our previous blog for tips on how to use these.)
Practice Good Sleep Posture
Sleeping posture can make a difference too. If you’re a side sleeper, try putting a pillow between your knees. If you’re a back sleeper, put a pillow under your knees to help your low back muscles to relax.
Of course as is the way sometimes, injury and soreness can persist without treatment. If you find you still have pain, make an appointment to see your chiropractor at Clayfield Chiropractic to receive a professional treatment plan.
When Pain Persists
Of course as is the way sometimes, injury and soreness can persist without proper treatment. If you find you still have pain, make an appointment to see your chiropractor at Clayfield Chiropractic to receive a professional treatment plan.Book Online
- Burström L, Järvholm B, Nilsson T, Wahlström J. Back and neck pain due to working in a cold environment: a cross-sectional study of male construction workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2013 Oct;86(7):809-13. doi: 10.1007/s00420-012-0818-9. Epub 2012 Sep 23.
Author: Cheyne Thompson
Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has three children and 2 grandchildren.