Sadly the warm weather is slipping away, the days are drawing in and before you know it, you’ll be once more wrapped up in thick winter woollies. We all at The Bower Mount Clinic hope you managed to make the most of the summer, soaked up some vitamin D and kept yourself in good shape for the winter ahead.
One of the challenges our bodies face with colder weather is that the muscles, tendons and ligaments that move and support our spines tighten up as the temperature drops. Also if joints are already inflamed, a drop in barometric pressure or temperature can aggravate swelling and pain.
Over the years we have seen that autumn is a time when many of our patients find that an “Osteopathic Service” helps to keep their spines and joints mobile and pain free for the coming winter months. If you begin to feel stiff in the mornings or when doing everyday activities consider having a check up and osteopathic treatment to help prepare your body for winter.
Autumn is also a time to consider doing more regular stretching exercises to help maintain flexibility.
One very simple exercise to help maintain flexibility in the lower back is the Knee-to-chest stretch.
- Lie on your back on the floor with your legs extended.
- Lift and bend your right leg, bringing the knee toward your chest. Grasp your knee or shin with your right hand, and pull your leg as far as it will comfortably go.
- Remain in the knee-to-chest position while tightening your abdominal muscles and pressing your spine into the floor. Hold for 5 seconds.
- Return slowly to your starting position.
- Do the same with your left leg.
- Do the same with both legs at once.
- Repeat the sequence several times.
Please note do not attempt any specific exercises without checking with your Doctor or osteopath especially if you are experiencing any current symptoms in your spine. Always stop any exercise if it gives you any pain or discomfort.