Reducing Weather Related Joint Pain

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Reducing Weather Related Joint Pain

“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

– Mark Twain

Preceding every change in temperature comes a change in barometric pressure which can increase knee pain and stiffness.

So why is this?

The general consensus among experts is that the increase in joint pain that can precede a weather change is due to changes in barometric pressure. When it is about to rain, the barometric pressure decreases, and this decrease in air pressure can cause the tissue surrounding the joints to expand. As a result of the expanding tissue, muscles, and tendons, more pressure is put on the joints which can increase pain.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to control the ever-changing weather, however, there are plenty of things we can do to lessen the impact that these changes can have on our bodies, and more specifically our knees.

Here are 10 things you can do to keep knee pain at bay during barometric pressure and temperature changes.

1. Keep your home warm.

This one may be a bit obvious, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless.

Making sure to keep your heater running, and even turning it up a bit first thing in the morning, can help keep weather-induced swelling at bay. And, along with heating your home, some find using an electric blanket or a heating pad can be helpful to keep the body and joints warm.


2. Wear warm clothes

Another action that can help decrease joint paint is to wear warm clothes- especially if you plan to venture outdoors. This includes putting on a hat and gloves and making an effort to layer up. The warmer you keep your body, the less it will be impacted by the changing temperature and air pressure.

3. Take warm showers and baths

Taking a warm shower or bath can help boost circulation, and soothe achy joints as your body absorbs the heat. It can also calm the nerves and help relieve stress which can positively affect overall health and wellbeing.

4. Exercise

Though it’s tempting to just curl up under a warm blanket in a warm house, no matter what the weather, exercise is one of the best things to do to keep joint pain at bay.

Though it may feel uncomfortable to be active during cold and rainy low air pressure days, moving the body and the joints can reduce joint pain and stiffness.

Simply walking on a treadmill, swimming in a heated pool, and stretching in a hot tub can all be helpful.

5. Stretch

Light stretching can go a long way when it comes to relieving joint pain, even on rainy days. Even just 10 minutes of stretching can make a difference.

Try doing any of the aforementioned suggestions above, and you may find that your weather-related joint pain is greatly decreased- and your mood is increased as well.

Just because we can’t control the ever-changing weather, doesn’t mean we have to just deal with the additional joint pain and discomfort that can come with it.

These five things can definitely make a difference, and that’s not all!

In our next article, we will take a look at five more easy actions that can be done to decrease joint pain aggravated by fluctuations in barometric pressure and temperature. With a little awareness and a pinch of effort, these simple tasks can have you feeling better, no matter what the weather brings.

 

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