The Weather is Changing!!
Have you noticed that in winter, your aches and pains get worse or that you have them more often?
It may have to do with the cold temperature outside. Not only does the colder air cause symptoms or flare-ups of many conditions, but changes in barometric pressure or humidity can also make ailments worse.
But just how much does cold weather cause pain?
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 temps 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 hold the tissues back and it causes more inflamed tissue to swell and thus, cold weather causes pain.
Here are some tips to minimize the effects of cold weather and pain:
Keep bundled up so that your muscles and nerves stay warm. This can help the muscles not contract as much around your nerve endings, thus minimizing the pain you feel.
Make sure you stretch in the morning and evening. This can help keep you stay limber and not tense up.
Make sure you exercise regularly, preferably inside. It is important to stay active to avoid your joints from getting stagnant. When you don’t move your muscles or joints regularly they will stiffen and make it more painful when you do move them.
Swimming in a heated pool can help alleviate back and joint pain.
Stay hydrated. It is still really important to keep your water intake up.
Of course, if you have any questions about joint, neck, or back pain, call us at The Jade Healing Centre
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not just treating the symptom !