Calgarians are no strangers to winter but this polar vortex is testing us. It’s hard to believe the first day of spring is 35 days away—not that I’m counting...
It’s very easy during these cold winter days to fall off the self-care wagon. No one wants to go to the gym, let alone go outside for a run or a walk. Couple that with regular Netflix binges, and we get prone to our regular aches and pains, and for some that means fingers and toes that never warm up no matter how many socks you pile on.
But you don’t have to wait until you’re in pain to put your body back in balance.
Whether it’s osteopathy or massage, your bones, joints, and circulatory system welcome some extra TLC during these extreme bouts of cold weather. Why?
Because the manual techniques of osteopathy and massage release tension in the fascia, which allows blood to move through the tissue and flush out congested areas. Flushing the tissue also circulates lymphatic fluid which brings nutrients into our tissue and takes waste out.
Overall this has a very positive effect on the body; it lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, warms our extremities, and brings you that overall feeling of lightness and relief.
Every moment our bodies are in a constant battle trying to keep hundreds if not thousands of things in balance. Sometimes we need a little bit of extra help to achieve that balance.
Take a moment and check in with your body... do you have any nagging soreness? Are your extremities always cold even though you're wearing three layers? Catching these minor discomforts early makes all the difference.
If there’s anything I can help with, I’m a click or a phone call away. In the meantime, keep moving to help keep those hands and feet warm… and remember, 35 days!
Manual Osteopath, Registered Massage Therapist