We have been living through freezing temperatures for a much longer time than usual this season and it’s going to last awhile. This type of frigid, cold weather is a big headache in many ways, and there has been a significant increase in patients coming in with headaches – even those that don’t usually have headaches.
There are a number of reasons for this:
- Extremely cold temperatures can actually make the facial and skull bones ache because, there is very little insulation between the skin and the face and skull bones.
- Cold temperatures can also make the muscles in the temples very stiff and achy and can also cause an increase in jaw clenching.
- Breathing in extremely cold air through the nose and mouth can be irritating to the sinuses and throat and lead to headaches, as well.
- Frigid temperatures can stiffen neck and shoulders that are already sore from shoveling snow or driving in these extreme temperatures.
- A problem that we have noticed is that extremely low temperatures can trigger a headache pattern that continues even after temperatures begin to increase.
Here are some remedies to help avoid the effects of cold temperatures:
- Safeguard your scalp muscles against the cold by donning a stocking cap or hat, optionally paired with ear muffs.
- Implement additional measures to shield the neck and base of the skull by strategically layering clothing, mitigating the risk of unnecessary muscle contractions leading to tightness and soreness.
- Opt for thin insulating garments beneath your clothing to minimize the impact of sudden temperature changes, ensuring a more comfortable experience.
- Enhance protection against extreme cold by tucking in T-shirts and shirts into pants, safeguarding the lower back’s skin from exposure.
- Mitigate the risk of muscle spasms, tightness, and fatigue in very cold temperatures by staying adequately hydrated during this season, recognizing the potential for dehydration-induced effects on muscle sensitivity.
The good news is that there are methods and treatments for all of these situations and the issues that may arise from them.
Give us a call today and let us help you get through these chilling seasonal woes!