Does your joint pain increase when the the temprature starts to drop?
It’s common for arthritis suffers or people with chronic pain to complain about their joint pain increasing when the weather gets a bit colder. It’s believed that there is a correlation between fluctuating temperatures and precipitation levels, and the pain they experience within their bodies.
In a study published in the journal Pain, two thirds of the people interviewed about their chronic pain said that they were “sure that weather seems to affect their pain.” Most people even reported that they could tell when the weather was about to change by the increased pain, they experienced the day before.
Tips to reduce joint pain
Whether it is change in air pressure or dropping temperatures that is the culprit for joint pain, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce discomfort as cooler temperatures approach:
For those who prefer to venture outdoors for exercise, make sure you dress in layers. Joint pain can be exacerbated by cold temperatures, making you feel stiffer – one study found that as temperature decreases, knee pain increases. Dressing for the weather will help keep your pain at bay and encourage you to brave the cool temperatures and enjoy some winter activities. Wearing a joint support may also help.
In addition to healthy fats found in nuts, oils and seeds, a diet rich in minerals and vitamins, fiber, leafy green vegetables and protein will even out blood sugar, calm anxiety, boost your energy levels and reduce inflammation and joint pain.
Get a massage
A massage can improve circulation and reduce pain in sore joints and muscles for people with all kinds of arthritis. The gentle kneading of the skin will increase flexibility and be wonderfully relaxing as well.
Staying active is crucial during the winter months to not only manage your joint pain, but to also maintain your flexibility. Low impact exercises that you can enjoy indoors, such as riding a stationary bike or walking on a treadmill, will increase blood flow and loosen stiff joints. Another positive aspect of exercising regularly is weight loss. Less weight on your body equals less stress on your joints, which will increase flexibility and relieve pain.
Vitamin D Supplements
Vitamin D drops, pills and nutrient rich fruits and vegetables can prevent joint pain in winter months. Healthy fats, such as avocado and fish oil are also great lubricants for joints and contribute to overall body health.
In addition to dressing for the weather, applying heat to sore joints can greatly improve your pain. Apply a heating pad or hot water bottle, soak in a warm bath, or refresh your body with a relaxing shower.
As cooler weather approaches it is time to focus on preventing your joint health. With a few simple steps you can reduce your pain and experience a more enjoyable winter