Helping with the Aches and Pains of the Cold Weather

February 5, 2016

cold aches and pains

There are often extra aches and pains during when the weather is cold. Why is this? Much of it has to do with barometric pressure. The weight of the air can trigger some of the joint pain and even cause headaches. It doesn’t matter how old you are – it’s possible to suffer from the aches and pains at any age.

If you have ever heard someone say that they could “feel” a storm coming, they were probably right.

Arthritis is a common problem in many people. Even when someone hasn’t been diagnosed with arthritis (yet) they are going to start to feel some aches and pains in the cold. You will feel it more in the colder weather than any other time and that’s because there’s more pressure in the air.

So what can be done about it? One of the things that you can do is make an appointment with a chiropractor. It’s important to have your joints in the best condition possible and sometimes an adjustment can help to reduce inflammation.

When there are subluxations, it can affect the overall flow of neurons as well as cause stiffness within the body. Even if a subluxation is in the spine, it can cause problems throughout the rest of the limbs as well.

Headaches and migraines are more common during this time of year as well. There are a few small bones right at the base of the skull and if they are misaligned, it can lead to a lot of pain – pain that could easily be avoided if you go in for regular adjustments.

It can be advantageous to stretch and really get the body to loosen up. If you are worried that you’re going to cause injury, speak with your chiropractor about recommended exercises. They can show you what is good for you to do based upon your individual circumstances. You can even be taught about some new exercises that can help to loosen you up and improve flexibility.

Other recommendations can be provided as well. You may want to warm yourself up before you go outside. This can be done with warming creams and even a good massage. Then, you want to dress for the occasion and be sure you have protective clothing on to avoid getting too cold. If there is a particular area that seems to be affected by the aches and pains more, cover them up. This could include investing in a scarf for around the neck or good gloves for your hands.

The cold weather is only temporary. When you have weather-related pain, it should be something you talk to your chiropractor about. There may be treatment plans available that you hadn’t thought of yet. It may bother you on some days more than others and that’s all the more reason to make sure it is being addressed. It may go away as soon as the weather warms up, but until then, you don’t want to be miserable.

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