The change of seasons often leads to colds and aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, and back. If this is the case for you, instead of looking for the latest over-the-counter remedy, consider a simple scarf. Most people believe that the only purpose of a scarf is as a fashion accessory.
However, a scarf has many health benefits, especially as the seasons change. Remember, an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure!
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4 benefits of wearing a scarf
1. Helps prevent colds
The neck is the most vulnerable area in the wintertime, and a large winter scarf is your No.1 defense against catching a winter cold. A large winter scarf can provide warmth and protection for your neck and chest area. It can also be used to cover your nose and mouth to protect your face from the cold and to provide warm air for your lungs.
Scarves can also be beneficial during the summertime. The rapid change in temperature as you move into a cold air-conditioned building during a hot summer day can weaken your immune system and cause a summer cold. A light scarf worn during the summer can ward off the effects of sudden exposure to a cold air-conditioned environment.
2. Treatment for cervical spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis, also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis, is a common, age-related medical condition that affects the joints and discs in your neck. More than 85 percent of people older than age 60 are affected by cervical spondylosis. A scarf can help alleviate the symptoms of this disease by providing immediate warmth to the affected area. It can also limit movement and provide support while moving.
3. Treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. These changes are caused by the normal wear and tear of aging, with symptoms occurring in middle-aged and elderly people. High-collar clothing, including a scarf, can prevent cold air from migrating to your shoulders and back, which can help to alleviate the symptoms of this disease.
4. Improve blood circulation
A warm scarf dilates the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the neck and shoulders. It increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, alleviating aches and pains in the neck and shoulder area, while helping to heal damaged muscles.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translation by Jean Chen