Question of the Month
True or False: When you are injured specialized pain receptors relay the pain message to your brain?
(Answer at bottom of the page)
Winter Have You Singing the Blues?
John Throckmorton PT
Winter is quickly approaching. The combination of the days getting shorter and the holiday stresses can result in a case of the "winter blues". Here are 5 easy tips to help make those long winter months a little more enjoyable.
1. Let the sun shine in. When it's available, spend a little time in the sunshine. Getting 15 min of light at a window or even better outside is a wonderful way to get some Vitamin D and lift your spirits. If natural light is not available light box therapy is a great alternative.
2. Let's get physical! How about that feeling you have after good workout? Exercise produces a chemical cascade that is oh so helpful in improving mood. But I don't want to go to the gym . . . Walking is a wonderful, natural, and inexpensive exercise program.
3. Talk, talk, talk (my wife loves this one): Seek out social interaction. Make a phone call. Join a club. Volunteer. Interaction with others recharges our batteries especially when you are helping those in need.
4. Balance . . . Your diet that is. Turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pie, more turkey . . . just writing this list makes me feel a little sleepy. A well balanced diet can provide our bodies with the right balance of vitamins and nutrients we need for a healthy and productive day.
5. To sleep or not to sleep? Getting the right amount of sleep allows your body to prepare for tomorrow. Too much or too little sleep may affect your energy level.
The winter blues should not be confused with Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a more serious medical condition and may require the assistance of a physician. If you have any questions about your depression please contact your physician.
Modern Physical Therapy is also working with Total Health Psychology on a new treatment for depression called Therapeutic Lifestyle Change. For more information you can contact Total Health Psychology at 816-420-8282.