Clothes are like additional layers of our skin. Choosing the clothing material and cut for easy movement and maintenance of body temperature is especially important during winter as we are buried in layers of them.
Tip number one: Avoid tight rubber bands around the fabric. Tight panties, for instance, will create pressure on waist muscles, causing back pain in the long run. It will also put pressure on the nerves around the waist and gradually lead to lower back pain.
Patients who suffer from backaches should choose clothes that can keep them warm because cold air can intensify the pain.
If they have to stay outdoors, the best option will be a woolen vest to protect the waist and the back. They should also wear woolen socks and woolen trousers for extra warmth.
People may mistakenly believe that heavy or tight clothes with extra high collar are the best heat keepers, but in reality, these types of clothing put a huge burden on the body, particularly the vertebrae. In the end, the waist and the back will pay the price.
Not only do the loads cause pain, the extra weight also keeps the spine from staying straight, resulting in slouching. Dresses or skirts made of heavy material would also put weight around the waist, causing weariness and stiffness.
The best outfit options for workers are lightweight and warm garments that can protect the body from getting cold without putting unnecessary load or pressure on the body.
Cotton is an ideal material that is both elastic and breathable. Woolen underwear is also an excellent option because of its elasticity, softness and the insulation it provides.
Have a heating pad ready if you are to be exposed to a freezing environment. A heating pad is not just to keep the body warm; it also serves as a pain reliever when applied on tight muscles on the waist and the back.
Long-distance commuters or patients who suffer from aches when the temperature is low should keep a few patches handy for emergency use.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Dec 20
Translation by John Chui
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