How Climate Changes Can Affect Arthritis Symptoms
No one wants to suffer from arthritis and joint pain but changes in the weather can be a constant contributing factor to those arthritis symptoms that can affect so many.
And it is not just during a special time of the year. Different climate changes at different times of the year can be the cause of joint pain flare up whether it is cold, it is raining or the weather is humid.
There are 4 categories of climate changes
- Low barometric pressure is the name given to the air pressure or the weight of the air above us. Some scientists believe that the joint fluids are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure, causing tendons, muscles and tissues to expand or contract.
- Low temperatures and especially cold temperatures are often cited for joint pain. It is the joint fluids in particular that are affected. Researchers suggest that with lower temperatures, fluids become thicker and less dynamic, leading to stiffer and less flexible joints.
- High humidity and/or precipitation are both commonly cited as leading to joint pain flare ups with strong evidence of patients reporting pain when it’s rainy outside.
- Changes in conditions. This is when the actual change from one weather condition to a different weather condition is said to cause arthritis flare ups - and not just the actual conditions themselves. It is thought that joints hurt during weather changes simply because joints are more exposed. With joint wear-and-tear, fluids and nerves are run down and more exposed than usual, making it difficult for them to respond to changes quickly and effectively.
How can arthritis sufferers avoid "climate change" joint pain
- Staying warm. If you go outdoors during cold and we weather, you can ensure blood flow by keeping your body warm and comfortable by wearing socks, gloves and thick jackets. If your home is less than cosy, a warm Epsom salts bath before bed and using a hot water bottle or heating pad whenever you feel the need.
- Staying active. Even when it is cold and wet, exercising those joints will help prevent them from becoming stiff or tense. There are plenty of safe and natural options on how you can exercise in a gentle but effective way. Swimming is especially recommended.
- Getting plenty of rest by making sure you get a good night's sleep. Make sure that you’re sleeping well at night. Create a sleep-friendly routine that involves slowing down before bed. Limit screen time and listen to relaxing music.
- Following an anti-inflammatory diet. Your diet can heavily impact your joints. To avoid weather-induced joint pain, make sure you’re not causing pain through your food intake. Cut out processed foods and go for fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and olive oil.
- Considering seeing a chiropractor who can give pain-relieving adjustments as well as diet, exercise and supplementation progam to carry out at home to prevent pain.
- Using our own H-Arthritis Formula, when applied topically (and using established homeopathic ingredients), will work to relieve arthritis discomfort safely and gently.