Five Ways To Fight Cold Weather Pain

cold weather painIf colder temperatures increase your pain levels, you’re not alone. Many people with chronic pain conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia find that winter weather worsen their symptoms.

Although the link between cold weather and chronic pain is not completely understood one theory claims changes in barometric pressure is the culprit. The theory goes, as cold weather sets in, reduced air pressure causes the tissues within the joints to expand, causing an already inflamed joint to become even more swollen and painful.

Regardless of the reason, more pain is not desirable. Here are five ways for you to fight cold weather pain.

1. Exercise

Rainy, snowy weather may discourage you from exercising but avoiding exercise can actually increase your pain and stiffness. Regular physical activity can help you maintain flexible joints and muscles. Exercise can also improve your mood.

2. Boost Your Mood

Some doctors argue that winter weather causes moodiness which can make you more susceptible to pain. Taking control of anxious and sad feelings could help improve pain.

3. Hydrate

Colder weather can cause people to not feel thirsty. As a result people forget to drink enough water. A lack of water can prevent the body from properly processing waste, making you feel more achy. Be aware of how much water you’re drinking and limit your caffeine intake.

4. Turn Up The Heat

It goes without saying to bundle up and stay warm. Use heating pads, hot water bottles and heated blankets to soothe sore muscles and joints.

5. Visit Your Chiropractor

Chiropractic adjustments can keep your spine and joint functioning well throughout the winter months. Studies show that chiropractic can alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, headache, as well as chronic neck and back pain.

Some research suggests that chiropractic adjustments can ease stress hormones, which may help with mood changes tied to cold weather. Your chiropractor can also provide recommendations on using heat and exercise therapies for relieving pain.

Remember that cold weather doesn’t mean you have to suffer. If you have any questions about chiropractic treatments and cold weather pain or wish to make an appointment, complete this contact us form and we’ll contact you. We at Family Chiropractic & Wellness will be happy to help you!