Registered Massage Therapy and Back Pain –
While it may have been somewhat of a mild winter in Vancouver this year, the cold, wet weather still seems to be lingering around, especially around Downtown Vancouver. Here at Davie Village RMT clinic, we would like to remind you that keeping warm in the cold weather is very important for staying healthy. However, wearing heavy coats (particularly those with large hoods or big collars) and scarves for extended periods of time can contribute to neck, shoulder, and upper back tension and aggravate existing chronic pain. Wearing a heavy coat around all day is comparable to wearing a heavy backpack all day. The colder weather alone can also exacerbate existing muscle and joint pain, without the weight of heavy coats and scarves factored in. While heavy coats can contribute to or worsen back and neck pain, the benefits of dressing for the weather outweigh the discomfort of bulky winter clothing.
Those with pre-existing back pain may want to consider looking into lighter options that provide maximum warmth with minimal bulk and weight. Wearing layers as opposed to a single thick coat can help to maintain heat without adding too much weight. Layering also has the advantage of being able to remove articles of clothing if one feels too warm at any point. Merino wool is known for being lightweight and soft while offering excellent insulation and temperature regulation. For those who would prefer not to wear wool, there are thin synthetic materials available that are designed to insulate well with minimal bulk and weight. When shopping for a winter coat, it is helpful to consider not only the fit of it but also its weight as well. Stores specializing in outerwear such as MEC or Sportchek carry a wide selection of coats, including those that are designed to be lightweight.
How Registered Massage Therapy Can Help
A registered massage therapist can help relax tight, constricted muscles which were aggravated by both heavy winter clothing and cold temperatures. Massage techniques such as deep tissue massage and Swedish massage, in particular, are helpful for relaxing tight muscles strained from the repeated wearing of heavy clothing. Aside from hands-on work, a registered massage therapist can also advise on at-home stretching to help prevent future pain from heavy clothing. Bulky winter clothes and colder weather making you feel a bit achy? Give us a call at 604-428-2799 to book an appointment with one of our registered massage therapists.