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Preventing Joint Pain in Cold Weather 0

Preventing Joint Pain in Cold Weather

Does it feel like every time the temperature drops, your joint pain level seems to rise? No, you’re not imagining things. Winter is the season of aches and pains for people with arthritis and other joint issues. The scientific reason behind this well-documented phenomenon remains uncertain, but there is no doubt that symptoms worsen in colder weather. While joint pain triggered by lower temperatures can occur anywhere in the body, it tends to be most common in joints that bear weight, such as the hips, knees, and ankles. The good news is, there are things you can do to alleviate — and even prevent — joint pain during the colder months. 1. Bundle up! Exposure to bone-chilling temperatures can be a shock to the system, particularly vulnerable joints. Bundling up before going outside in wintry weather, even if you’re just walking from your house to your car, will help prevent pain from flaring up. Wear gloves, hats, and scarves, as well as extra layers over your knees and legs. Several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than one thick, heavy layer because the overlapping fabric traps your body heat and keeps it close to your skin. If it’s particularly brutal out, you might want to consider wearing...

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Exercise Smarter in Portland, Oregon 0

Exercise Smarter in Portland, Oregon

Living in Portland can be a blessing and a curse, sure the summers can be nice outdoors. But when the weather gets colder, as it usually does for Fall, Winter, and, more often than not, Spring. Cold weather means one thing: exercising outdoors is a big no-go without the right gear. The only way to avoid injuries when hiking, biking, trail running, street running, or taking part in rec sports during the cold weather is by investing in the appropriate gear. Avoiding Injury During the Colder Months If you’re into keeping fit, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to keep fit all year round and not just when the weather permits it. It’s wet out there in Portland and often freezes in the Winter. During the colder months don’t be afraid to take it slower than you would usually. Exercise smarter. Don’t push yourself and end up out of action because you suffer an injury in the poor weather. Always make sure your footwear is up to the job, and if it isn’t, replace it as soon as you’re able to. When you’re running on frozen earth or snow, what you’re wearing on your feet is your first line of defense against potentially serious injuries. Ways to Stay Active...

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Best Fit For Hiking With Joint Pain 0

Best Fit For Hiking With Joint Pain

If you love the outdoors, you don’t have to spend less time hiking just because you have joint pain. Instead, you may able to carry on doing what you live with the support of the right footwear. If you’re an avid hiker, you know the importance of having the right footwear anyway. The Different Options There are many different footwear options for hikers with joint pain. Different types of boots are suited to different kinds of hikes. When buying hiking boots, always remember to try them on first with some thick hiking socks, so you can be sure that your feet will fit in without causing discomfort. Some of the most popular styles of hiking boots include: Day Hiking Boots: – Low-cut designs that often come with a greater degree of flexibility than their more resilient counterparts. These boots are perfect for shorter hikes and provide support around the midsole and heel. If you’re looking for more mobility than support, these are the boots for you. Mid-Distance Hiking Boots: These boots are perfect for longer hikes and provide ample support around the ankle and the midsole. This type of hiking boot is best suited to people who aren’t going to be spending too long on the trails. Long Distance...

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Choose the Right Bed for Spinal Health 0

Choose the Right Bed for Spinal Health

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your mental and physical health and well-being. If you’ve ever spent a night tossing and turning, unable to get comfortable, then you know how difficult it can be to make it through the next day. Choosing the right bed will not only allow you to get a good night’s sleep, but it will also protect your spinal health. Your Bed Affects Your Spinal Health The average person spends one-third of their life in bed. In fact, your mattress is the most used piece of furniture in your home and has a direct impact on your spine and overall health. It’s important for you to get an adequate amount of sleep. Your spine works hard throughout the day to support your body. When you sleep, your spine gets time to rest and rejuvenate so that you can get up and go the next day. Ensuring you have the right mattress is essential in maintaining your spinal health. A mattress that doesn’t offer enough support can leave you with fatigued muscles and a restless night’s sleep. A good mattress will allow you to maintain the spine’s natural alignment you have when standing. This means your muscles will be relaxed which will give you...

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Chiropractic Care For Minors 0

Chiropractic Care For Minors

Adults are able to recognize problems rather quickly and can decide when it’s time to seek chiropractic care. Such care is necessary for correcting misalignment and alleviating headaches and many other ailments naturally. But, have you given thought to the growing body of a child? Children’s bodies are constantly changing. Children and adolescents, because of sports and recreational activities, are prone to stressing certain parts of their bodies. Because of this, they can benefit from chiropractic care. Spine Health in Youths Is Important Because children are growing quickly, their spine health is important. The spine houses the nervous system and the nervous system is the master control system that’s responsible for controlling the body. Adolescents who play sports or are driving are at an increased risk of injuring their spine because of injuries received while playing sports or from a car accident. Such injuries can have a devastating effect on the spinal cord and can greatly reduce the quality of life if not corrected early. In the unfortunate event your child is injured or in an accident, you must seek medical assistance immediately. This should be followed up with a visit to your chiropractor. Failing to give proper care to the spine can result in the following: Your mobility...

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