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Weather, Pain, and Chiropractic Care

Weather, Pain, and Chiropractic Care

This April has so far brought about a huge amount of rain, and with the changes in the weather, temperature, and pressure of the environment around us, can come an increase in joint pain. Now, research is still ongoing about the cause - and - effect link between weather and joint pain, but there are a lot of people who insist that they can predict the weather based on their joint aches.

Theories for Weather and Pain Correlation

It's actually very common to blame joint pain flare ups on changes in the weather, especially on cold, rainy days. There are actually a few different theories as to the relationship between pain and the weather. One theory suggests that when the barometric pressure changes - or the measure of pressure in the atmosphere - it can cause the body’s muscles, tendons, and tissues around the joints to expand.

Another thought is that low temperatures can make the fluid inside your joints thicker, so they feel stiffer. Another idea that should be considered is the effect of how weather impacts your daily activity, which can lead to more pain. When it's cold or rainy outside, people tend to stay indoors and lounge around, where inactive joints can get stiff and painful.

How to alleviate weather related pain

There are a few ways to possibly minimize the impact of weather on joint pain.

Some steps that you can take during inclement weather include:

Dress Warm: keeping your body warm can help prevent the muscles tightening around the joints. Having layers is one good way to maintain body heat.

Being Active: When you are sitting still, muscles , tendons, and ligaments that don't move, tend to tighten up. During those rainy days, make sure to take little breaks from sitting or laying on the couch to stretch and help get the blood flowing again.

Practice Relaxation Techniques: Stress and tension can worsen joint pain. Incorporating relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga, into your daily routine can help alleviate stress and promote overall well-being.

Stay Hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water can help keep your joints lubricated and reduce friction, which may alleviate pain and stiffness.

By following these tips, individuals can effectively manage their joint pain during rainy days and improve their overall quality of life.


Chiropractic Care for Joint Pain

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment option that can provide relief for joint pain, including pain caused by changes in weather. Chiropractors focus on aligning the body's musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, to alleviate pain and improve overall function.

During a chiropractic session, the chiropractor may use various techniques, such as spinal adjustments, stretches, and exercises, to reduce joint pain and improve joint mobility. Chiropractic care can be particularly beneficial for individuals with conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, as it targets the underlying causes of joint pain rather than simply masking the symptoms.

If you are considering chiropractic care for joint pain relief, it is important to consult with a qualified chiropractor like the ones from BC + PT who can assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. Give us a call to start your treatment journey!


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