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Peak Physical Therapy
Helping you every step of the way

Enjoy the Winter Weather!

We hope everyone is having an enjoyable winter season!  In this edition of our newsletter, we will be discussing how Peak Physical Therapy can help you stay in top shape for winter weather travel.

Safe Walking

Walking in wintery weather can be risky, so take care to be prepared. Unfortunately, a slip on the ice can lead to many injuries, so here are your Peak Physical Therapy recommendations to help prevent slips and falls:

  • Wear warm winter boots with non-slip soles. Rubber soles have better grip than plastic soles, as plastic becomes rigid in colder temperatures.
  • If walking in high traffic areas, dress in bright colors so motorists can see you. 
  • Stay aware of the surfaces.  Have a look for shiny patches, which may be black ice.  Also, be careful of snow-covered spots, ice may be beneath.
  • Do a small warm-up before heading outside.  Some gentle stretches and movements will help to increase circulation.  Remember to dress warm and stay hydrated!
  • Make sure vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing the road. You can’t always be sure a driver has the appropriate winter tires for the conditions.

Safe Driving

Driving in wintery conditions can be dangerous.  If you're driving in wintery conditions this season, here are some simple instructions to keep you and your family safe.  

  • Install winter tires on the front and the back axels, as this will provide optimal grip on wintery roads. 
  • Be sure to have your antifreeze topped up at all times, and keep an extra jug in the trunk.
  • Keep an eye on your tire pressure, especially with temperature fluctuations.
  • Keep an emergency kit with you at all times.  Some helpful items are: a flashlight, cell phone, first aid kit, jumper cables, bag of kitty litter (for traction), ice scraper, snow brush, shovel, blankets, flares, warm jacket, mittens and snow pants.
  • Let friends and family know where you are headed and what time you should arrive

Don’t let winter weather trip you up. For more tips on how to prevent winter injuries, talk to the trained, licensed physiotherapists at Peak Physical Therapy.

If you have been injured, we would be happy to assess your injury and create a program that will get you back into the great outdoors!

Call Peak Physical Therapy to make an appointment or to ask any questions you may have. 


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