How to Stay Warm in the Face of a Cold Wave: 4 Doctors Share Tips on Mastering the Art of 'Warm Neck


Symptoms such as Numbness, Dizziness, Headache, Light Sensitivity, Tinnitus, Chest Tightness, Palpitations, Throat Discomfort, GERD, Insomnia... If you're troubled by these issues, have seen doctors, undergone tests, and taken medications, yet the conditions persist, perhaps it's time to check your cervical spine.

"When the cervical spine is misaligned, it can compress the spinal cord, blood vessels, and nerves within, leading to local ischemia and impaired nerve conduction," says Dr. Lin Song-Kai, Director of Sports Medicine at Lih Shin Hospital. The sympathetic nerves on both sides of the cervical spine can affect sensory functions, and compression can result in symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision, nasal congestion, throat discomfort, and difficulty swallowing. Such patients constitute approximately 30-40% of rehabilitation outpatient cases, with a trend of occurrence at younger ages.

"When my neck is sore, I go for a foot massage. Afterward, I sleep well that night. Alternatively, during a shower, I use slightly warm water to rinse my neck for 3-5 minutes, starting from the Feng Chi acupoint at the back of the neck to the occiput, helping to relax neck muscles.

Due to long working hours and insufficient sleep, my neck tends to ache. However, I've found that taking a nap when my neck feels uncomfortable is most effective—better than rehabilitation or massage. It's my personal way of relief.

Regardless of the season, direct exposure to wind can make you sick. That's why many people catch colds in the summer—eating ice and being exposed to air conditioning.

I'm particularly cautious. For example, I don't use air conditioning in my clinic. Running around makes me sweat, and when I'm tired, exposure to wind immediately leads to a cold.

Most guys might not notice that the neck is prone to catching cold. Short hair and less protection on the back of the neck can make them uncomfortable in the cold wind. When riding a motorcycle, I use a magic headband or a thicker neck wrap to avoid catching a cold.

Prevention is better than cure. Every winter, I wear scarves, clothes with collars, and try to grow my hair longer.

I've had the experience of catching a cold right after getting a haircut. So, apart from avoiding short hair in winter, I also advise patients to keep their hair longer for extra protection.

Wearing warm clothes with collars is crucial. Most girls, for the sake of fashion, wear clothes that expose their necks and shoulders. However, in winter or in air-conditioned rooms, I don't recommend dressing this way.

I pay close attention to keeping my neck warm and never let the air conditioning blow directly onto my neck.

In winter, I wear a mask to protect my nasal mucosa and always wear clothes with collars, paired with a small scarf. When it's warmer, the scarf can be a decorative accessory, but if it gets cold, I tie it up to prevent cold air from entering the body.

If you're going to a colder place and worried about wind exposure, consider preparing Ge Gen Tang (Pueraria Root Decoction). When I studied in Beijing during winter at -15°C, I didn't bring any medicine except Ge Gen Tang. It has a warming nature, dispels wind, clears the lungs, and helps maintain the health of the neck and back.

To enhance blood circulation, I take a bath every day or use hot water to rinse my neck. Improved blood and Qi circulation naturally warms the body and relieves stress.

Additionally, I highly recommend the 'Towel Exercise.' When changing clothes in the morning, I rub my body with the cotton pajamas I'm wearing or use a dry towel. This is especially beneficial for the back and cervical spine, increasing the skin surface temperature. It's also the best time for body lotion absorption.



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