Can you really feel weather changes in your joints? We all have that one relative who insists they can predict weather changes from their knees, but is it true? Is there any proof of a link between weather changes and sore joints?
As of now there is no direct scientific evidence of a cause-effect relationship between the weather and painful joints. There is a theory that a change in barometric pressure can change the way a joint feels. Barometric pressure is a measure of the amount of air pressure in the atmosphere. An increase in the barometric pressure can increase the air pressure around a sensitive arthritic knee joint, causing more pain and discomfort.
Another reason why joints may ache more in cold weather is because of the lack of activity. Cold and rainy days don’t entice us to walk outside, instead most people will choose the couch and tv. Being more sedentary can cause the joints to stiffen, which can lead to more pain and discomfort.
If you or someone you know is feeling more joint pain during the colder months, here are a few treatment options that can help:
– Moist heating pads are a great way to soothe arthritic joints and relieve the pain. These heating pads use the moisture from the air to deliver deep heat, which can feel great on a cold day. Our clinic offers two clinical grade heating pads: Theratherm and Thermophore.
– TENS Machines are electronic devices that can help reduce pain symptoms. These machines are small, portable devices that can be used while at home or on the go. These devices use electric frequencies that can block or reduce the sensation of pain. To learn more, click this link.
– Exercise and stretches are a great way to keep joints mobile and to help reduce pressure around arthritic joints. Indoor walks at a mall or a gym can help increase circulation and reduce joint tightness. If you are suffering from knee pain, here are a few stretches to help keep the knee joints mobile.
– Graston therapy is a treatment approach that uses stainless steel instruments to reduce pressure around joints, including shoulders, knees, fingers and even the TMJ! To learn more click this link.
– Massage, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Care can all help arthritic joints by promoting mobility and flexibility. Loose muscles and flexible joints can help improve mobility and reduce the pressure around stiff joints. To learn more, book a free consultation here.
– Naturopathic Medicine can help sore joints by using supplements to reduce the pro-inflammatory effects of a typical western diet. Supplements can help soothe the pain and promote joint repair. To learn more visit our website here.
We hope you found this information helpful. As always, please consult an appropriate health care provider before making any health or lifestyle changes. To book a free consultation, call our clinic at 905-593-1605 or visit www.muscleandjoint.ca
We wish you the best of health!