Winter : How to not get a cold

The current cold season makes your back more vulnerable.

As you may notice, winter has arrived! Even if some are satisfied with this change of season, our body is constantly attacked by temperature drops.

Our back,  the main pillar of the body and multiple function tool, suffers considerable pressure during our everyday life through the weight it carries, the movements we do, the stress and the tension it absorbs. You understood it, our back is constantly under pressure throughout the day. Because of these frequent aggressions and awkward postures, we all have been subject to occasional or persistent back pain (example: scoliosis, slipped disc, spondylitis, and others).

How does this season impact our current health and more precisely our back?

These pains are due to:

  • Cold weather, wind, and humidity that make our body temperature drop
  • Inactivity (lack of sport)
  • High-risk activities such as skiing, sledding or even walking on frozen streets that can make us fall
  • Unhealthy lifestyle ( lack of moisture, unbalanced diet, etc.)

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Here are some advises to be better prepared:

It seems obvious, but go out fully covered! 50% of our body heat loss is caused by not covering our head or other body parts. It is quite possible to combine protection and style.

Relax! Muscle contraction is a common reflex but it can be painful and injure your back.

This advice will make most of you happy, but spending a day at the Spa is highly recommended! Therapeutic effects help you keep your back relaxed.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables rich in minerals, trace elements, vitamins and antioxidant flavonoïdes, is very important. Avoid heavy dishes that tire your organism and predispose your liver to a cold snap.

Do some sport! If you don’t move, your back will stiffen and be subject to back pains.

Adopt and maintain a good posture at work and at home. That is the foundation of a healthy back! Think Percko!!

Here is a list of good habits to keep doing throughout the whole year:

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Bow your head and lower your hips. Take a deep breath. When you feel a stretch in your back, come back slowly to the first position. Repeat this exercise several times and stretch you back futher

Swing slowly your 3 back sections (spine, lumbar thoracic and cervical) to stretch and bend. Take a deep breath and round your back. Repeat the exercise 5 or 6 times.Inhale and exhale during 4 seconds. Swing your hips to the right, lift your left leg and make it fall over the right one. Keep the position for 1 to 3 minutes and repeat the exercise on the other side.
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The goal is to extend your spine and keep your neck aligned with your body. Exhale and bow slowly. Catch the towel and keep your back straight. Keep the position 30 seconds to 3 minutes and concentrate on your breathing. Repeat the exercise 5 times.In this exercise, breathing is very important. Exhale for 4 seconds and let your knees fall to the ground. Raise them up again, keep the position, let them fall on the other side. Keep each position at least 30 seconds.

Stay tuned for new advises !

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

Percko Team.