How the cold can worsen joint pain and how you can help prevent it.
It’s starting to get colder outside, for most this means Hot Cocoa, Christmas decorations, and grand feasts with family. But for some this also means joint pain. Edmond Chiropractor is here to help you deal with that pain.
Why does the cold make joints hurt?
The cold won’t cause issues like arthritis but it can make the pain worse. Our bodies restrict how much blood our extremities receive, using that extra blood to keep our vital organs warm in the cold. This can lead to pain in older people and those suffering from diseases like Arthritis and Raynaud’s phenomenon. This also makes joints and soft tissue stiffen, resulting in more pain.
Ways to reduce the pain
Cover your extremities: Gloves, hats, and scarves can all help reduce cold pain by insulating your body from the cold. Wearing lots of layers will also allow you to peel them off as you start to heat up.
Exercise: It’s important to stay active, especially as we get older. Exercising regularly will keep your joints supple and flexible, reducing the pain you feel from conditions like arthritis and helping to maintain your independence into old age. If your going to exercise outdoors, remember to dress warmly and look out for ice.
Mind over Matter?: Studies suggest that Arthritis also has an emotional effect on our bodies. Making people feel upset or distressed. Colder months can lead to increased depression in some people, which can make pain feel worse. Keeping in good spirits can help to reduce physical pain.
Posture: Of Course, maintaining good posture will put less stress on weaker joints and help reduce pain. However, it’s also important to listen to your body. If something hurts when you do an activity, like a shoulder aching when you reach up, that’s your bodies way of telling you something is wrong. Consider changing or modifying that activity so that it doesn’t use that joint.
Call Hooper Chiropractor, Edmond Chiropractor today!
Another great way to maintain the health of your bones and reduce pain from arthritis is to visit a chiropractor. Call the Edmond Chiropractor and schedule an appointment today at 405-285-7325!