January Newsletter: Why You Should Visit Your Chiropractor This Winter

Couple jogs in the snow thanks to their straight spines

Why You Should Visit Your Chiropractor This Winter

Not sure if you need to see the chiropractor this winter? Whether you have a few aches or pains or want to avoid illness and injuries, visiting the chiropractor can help you protect your health by:

Easing the Pain of Winter Injuries

Although many people become less active during the winter months, a surprising number of injuries occur when it's cold outside. In fact, more than 20,000 workers were injured in one year due to snow, sleet, or ice, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unfortunately, weather-related injuries are just as likely to happen during your free time, particularly if you enjoy winter sports. Skiing, sledding, snow tubing, snowboarding, ice skating, and hockey all share one thing in common: speed. The faster you move, the more likely you'll hurt yourself if you fall.

During the winter, even venturing outside your front door can be hazardous. Slipping on an icy sidewalk or overdoing it while shoveling snow can lead to sprains or strains and may even cause misalignments in your spine.

Chiropractic eases pain and stiffness in your muscles, tissues, and joints, and reduces inflammation naturally. Your chiropractor uses several techniques designed to treat pain, including spinal manipulation (commonly called adjustments), massage, soft tissue mobilization, and ultrasound therapy.

Lowering Your Risk of Injuries

Your spine supports the weight of your body, protects your spinal cord, and makes it easy to move, walk, and bend. During an injury, one or more of the vertebrae that make up the spine may move out of alignment. Misalignments, or subluxations, press on nerves, triggering pain, or pull on muscles, creating imbalances that may make one side of your body weaker than the other. When muscles and joints are weak, it's easier to lose your balance when you're zooming down the slopes or simply trying to avoid slipping on a patch of ice.

A subluxation can also affect your balance or make it harder to keep a firm grip on your ski poles. Luckily, spinal manipulation, a common chiropractic treatment, can help improve balance and grip strength. Brazilian researchers who examined the effects of spinal manipulation on grip strength in judo athletes discovered that strength improved by as much as 17 percent after the treatments.

During spinal manipulation, your chiropractor realigns the vertebrae in your spine using his or her hands or a small device called an activator. Once your spine is properly aligned, muscle tension, a key factor in imbalances, decreases. Visiting the chiropractor for adjustments, even if you don't notice any symptoms, corrects imbalances and subluxations that could cause falls or injuries.

If getting in shape or trying a new sport was one of your New Year's resolutions, you'll want to schedule a visit with the chiropractor before you begin your new fitness routine.

Helping You Stay Healthier

Although it's impossible to completely prevent illness, chiropractic treatment might help you avoid winter colds and other sicknesses. If out-of-place vertebrae press on nerves essential for immune system functioning, it may be harder for your body to find and kill germs. Regular adjustments correct misalignments before they can cause pain or affect your immune system.

Chiropractic treatments also decrease inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases and conditions, including heart disease, asthma, allergies, arthritis and bowel diseases, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

Chiropractic helps you stay healthy year-round. If you're ready to make a winter appointment, get in touch with our office.

Sources:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Ice, Sleet, and Snow-Related Occupational Injury and Illness Rate Down in 2017, 3/4/2019

https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/ice-sleet-and-snow-related-occupational-injury-and-illness-rate-down-in-2017.htm

PubMed: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics: Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulation on Judo Athletes' Grip Strength, 1/12

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22079053

Harvard Health Publishing: Understanding Acute and Chronic Inflammation, 4/1/2020

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-acute-and-chronic-inflammation

National University of Health Sciences: Everything You need to Know About Chiropractic Medicine for Athletes, 6/12/2020

https://blog.nuhs.edu/the-future-of-integrative-health/chiropractic-medicine-for-athletes

Multicare Health Clinic

3930 STADIUM DR
SIOUX CITY, IA 51106
Phone Number: (712) 276-4325

Get Directions

Location

Email Us

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Primary Location

Monday:

8:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-2:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

  • "I leave here feeling confident that I have the resources to manage my pain and live normally, and that's priceless."
    Alycen V.
  • "My shoulder and neck feel so much better. I now have the knowledge, motivation, desire and tools to keep up the exercises."
    Barb B.
  • "I now can go a full week without pain and headaches."
    Luke W.
  • "I'm now a believer now! I didn't think chiropractic could help my foot problems. But after meeting with Dr. Pistello and Dr. Dave for a few weeks, I'm feeling so much better!"
    Gino G.
  • "Not only is my pain level down to zero, but what I'm really thrilled with, is that I have normal feeling in my hands."
    Jill L.
  • "After an accident at work I didn't think I'd ever get relief from my aching shoulder. But, the doctors at Multicare gave me adjustments and physical therapy and now I feel normal again."
    Cliff C.
  • "I wasn't able to use my hand the way I should. After working with Dr. Sneller and the physical therapy team, I can use my hand again."
    Henry H.
  • "I wasn't able to use my hand the way I should. After working with Dr. Sneller and the physical therapy team, I can use my hand again."
    Ivy I.
  • "I'm a runner. When I wasn't able to run due to leg problems, I was devastated. But a consultation at Multicare Health Clinic identified the problem and after some adjustments, stimulation treatments and therapy, I'm running again!"
    Lisa L.
  • "At night my right hand would go painfully numb at least 2-3 times where I could not sleep. Now, I don't have that pain and can get a full night sleep."
    Janet D.
  • "I'm so glad my sister referred me to Multicare! My elbow hasn't felt this good in a long time. Thanks to the great physical therapy team there."
    Ellen E.
  • "After my knee surgery I was asked where I wanted to do my physical therapy, I chose Multicare Health Clinic and I'm so glad I did! Dr. Steve and the therapy assistants (Sara and Megan) are fabulous! They know what they're doing and they all really seemed to care about my recovery. I'm feeling fantastic! I'll definitely go back again whenever I need therapy or adjustments."
    Sheri J.
  • "My company encouraged all of us employees to get screened at Multicare. I didn't know what to expect. It was easy and I learned so much. The orthotics they prescribed really help me to feel more stable and confident at work."
    Jim J.
  • "There couldn't be a better physical therapy team in Siouxland! Not only did my knee feel so much better after six weeks, but I feel like I made new friends."
    Karla K.
  • "Dr. Sneller helped. I haven't been feeling dizzy anymore."
    Belinda B
  • "After my consultatin with the doctors at Multicare Health Clinic, I understand how to address my balance issues."
    Anna A.
  • "Being able to present my back pain to three different professions in one place and knowing that they are working together to make me better is very comforting."
    Charlie P.