Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page -

THE first thing to re­mem­ber about win­ter is that it is not just about colds and flus, all sorts of health con­di­tions can flare up.

This is be­cause we tend to spend more time in­doors, pro­longed time un­der heat­ing and while our bod­ies want to hi­ber­nate and it re­ally feels like there are less hours in the day, we are part of a so­ci­ety that ex­pects as many hours of work/play/so­cial time as in sum­mer.

We also tend to take on typ­i­cal win­ter be­haviours, be­ing in­clined to move less and eat heav­ier, richer foods.

Here is a list of some com­mon health is­sues that ex­ac­er­bate in win­ter:

(mus­cle and joint aches, arthri­tis, pain ,headaches, fi­bromyal­gia);

headache, si­nus in­fec­tions, hot and cold temps, runny or blocked nose, voice loss, cough);

(bron­chi­tis, asthma, lung in­fec­tions, chronic cough);

flare ups or gen­er­alised lethargy);

de­pres­sion (cant be both­ered, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, sea­sonal af­fec­tive dis­or­der – SAD , win­ter blues);

ton­sili­tis, asthma, cough).

We see these con­di­tions in clinic all the time, but they are def­i­nitely on the rise at this time of year.

Luck­ily, there are many strate­gies spe­cific to win­ter that can min­imise the symp­toms for you.

Book an ap­point­ment or ask us to present one of our work­shops to your work­place or group of friends on this topic to get some great sup­port and self care tech­niques.

WIN­TER WOES: Win­ter may present you with a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges to your health - the com­mon cold among them.


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