As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, we naturally become less active. Our immune system defences begin to deteriorate and we become more vulnerable to inconveniences such as coughs and colds. According to Chinese medicine, at this time of the year we move from the external, expansive nature of summer to the internal, contractive nature of autumn and winter.
The cold days and being less active can also result in joint and muscle aches and pains. The lower back in particular can feel the cold at this time of the year. It is tempting to simply reach for the painkillers or anti-inflammatories. However, we can work naturally with the body and its response to the season.
Keep active, stretch, take warm baths, use a hot water bottle or wheat bag on tight muscles and areas that are prone to the cold. Warm nourishing seasonal foods are also a good idea. Don’t forget that just because its cold you can still get outside and enjoy a walk in the countryside or by the sea.
Being more restful, slowing our pace of life, and consolidating our energy through the winter season is also a good idea. We can then prepare for the outburst of new life and energy in the spring.
Osteopathy treatment can also help to address those aches, pains and stiffness that bother us and get us down. Give us a call and find out how we can help you.
“The wise nourish life by flowing with the four seasons and adapting to cold or heat, by harmonizing joy and anger in a tranquil dwelling, by balancing yin and yang, and what is hard and soft. So it is that dissolute evil cannot reach the man of wisdom, and he will be witness to a long life.”
Huangdi Neijing Suwen