How Cold weather affects your aches and pains?
Its officially winter time with the weather dropping below 0 degrees and getting our first frost of the season, some people may start notice more aches and pains in their joints than they are used to.
But why does the cold give us those aches and pains?
Is it in in our heads?
Or is there something actually going on?
Some people report they can even tell when it’s going to rain?
Do these people have special powers or can it be explained?
Some studies have found a strong relationship between short, cold, damp days and arthritis flare-ups. Some research suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain in people with arthritis, while colder temperatures can cause painful changes in joint fluid thickness. Cold weather can actually shrink the tissues causing them to pull on the nerve endings, thus causing joint pain. When it is cold, your nerve endings are extremely sensitive and the muscles surrounding your nerves tense up.
When the barometric pressure drops, there is less atmospheric pressure to the tissues back and it causes more inflamed tissue to swell, thus cold weather causes pain.
The cold and damp weather can also cause changes to people’s exercise plans. We have an instinct during winter to hibernate; however, a lack of physical activity will cause joints to become stiff.
How to combat the Cold
Exercise eases arthritis pain. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. To manage arthritic conditions during the cooler months, individuals need to plan physical activities that are easy to do during winter, such as;
- Dressing up warm and cosy, so that your muscles do not contract around your nerve endings, thus minimizing the pain you feel.
- Make sure you stretch in the morning and the evening, helping you to stay limber and not tense up.
- Make sure you regularly exercise, preferably inside. It is important to stay active to avoid your joints from getting stagnant. When you don’t move your muscles, or joints they will stiffen up and make it more painful when you do move.
- Swimming can help as well.
Having therapy over the winter months can help from Chiropractic, massage or acupuncture. A British analysis of nearly 100 high-quality systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials found that manipulation was beneficial for acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain and knee osteoarthritis. And a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage found that patient education combined with 12 chiropractic treatments (twice a week for six weeks) were more effective for hip OA than a daily stretching program or patient education alone.
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