If you suffer from arthritis or any kind of chronic pain, you may notice that the cold weather exacerbates your issues. Many practitioners believe that cold weather joint pain isn’t any different than warm weather pain, but there may be a few reasons why you feel horrific cold weather joint pain:
- Lack of movement: are you as active in the cold weather months as you are in the warm? Immobility certainly won’t help your joints!
- Barometric pressure: this could cause your joints to swell with the change of barometric pressure due to the winter weather
- Pain signals: they could be amplified by the change in weather
No matter what the reasons are here are some tips for managing your pain:
Winter Knee Pain & Other Ailments
Suffering from winter knee pain? Let’s talk about some ways to manage that and other joint and body pains during the harsh cold months.
1. Stretching & Yoga
Like mentioned above, immobility and lack of activity won’t help your aching joints. Of course, you may not feel up for running a marathon but stretching each day and trying a beginner’s yoga class may be a great way to strengthen your body and flexibility. In turn, by doing this, you may find you have less pain even throughout the year. Plus, you can really take stretching or yoga at your own pace
2. Low impact activities
Other activities like swimming, which are low impact on the joints, can be a great way to increase your activity levels in order to prevent immobility.
3. Physical Therapy & Nutrition For Pain All Over My Body
We have many patients telling us how “I’ve got pain all over my body each winter,” and our answer to dealing with pain is always multifold. One of the ways to really help with pains like arthritis and cold weather difficulties is physical therapy. Physical therapy is a great way to help reteach your body how to move, as well as many other things like:
- Strengthen your body
- Increase flexibility
- And more!
Physical therapy can be tailored to each patient for maximum and personal results. Another way is nutrition.
For our patients coming with arthritis and cold weather pain issues, we typically do a review of many things, one of which is their diets. How we eat and the way we carry our weight can also impact how our body feels, especially our joints. Eating a healthy diet and making sure to get the right supplements and vitamins can make a difference in your daily life.
4. Get Rid of Weather-Related Aches and Pains With Chiropractic Care and Advanced Pain Relief Methods
For patients coming in with weather-related aches and pains, we often suggest chiropractic care. Sometimes it’s a case of alignment issues or perhaps a slipped disc. Whatever the case may be, a wellness practice can help you manage these pains without drugs or harsh procedures.
In addition, thanks to science and technology, there are many ways for patients to manage their pain without medications.
Some of these methods are:
If you go each winter feeling high-level pain, perhaps it’s time you sought the help of a wellness practice who can work on getting you to feel great from head to toe, all winter…and spring, summer, and fall long! It just might make the difference you’ve been looking for in your life.