Article by Kimberley Fowler, A Place for Mom
When the cooler temperatures of fall and winter strike, it is not uncommon to hear complaints about increased joint pain. Some people believe that there is a correlation between fluctuating temperatures and precipitation levels, and the pain they experience within their bodies.Reducing Joint Pain in Fall and Winter
Robert Newlin Jamison, PhD, is a professor in the departments of anesthesiology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He reviewed a study published in the journal Pain, and discovered that two thirds of the people interviewed about their chronic pain said that they were “sure that weather seems to affect their pain.” Most people even reported that they could tell when the weather was about to change by the increased pain they experienced the day before.
Whether it is change in air pressure or dropping temperatures that is the culprit for joint pain, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce discomfort as cooler temperatures approach:
1. Dress in layers.
2. Eat well.
3. Get a massage.
4. Stay active.
5. Supplement with Vitamin D.
6. Use heat.
As cooler weather approaches, now is the time to focus on preventing your joint health. With a few simple steps you can reduce your pain and experience a more enjoyable winter.