Does the weather affect your joints?


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If you have ever been around an older person when the weather is acting up, they may claim that they can “feel it in their bones.” They believe that the changing weather is the reason for their aching joints. It is a common saying, but is there any truth to it?

How weather affects joints?

There have been multiple studies done to determine the connection between the weather and joint pain. However, none of the studies have been able to conclusively find the link. Despite a lack of scientific surety, there are a few promising theories circulating about the relationship between joint pain and the weather.

The first theory has to do with barometric pressure. Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us. High barometric pressure pushes down against the body and keeps its tissues from expanding. However, when bad weather rolls in, barometric pressure drops. Air pressure lifts off the body and allows tissues to expand freely, constricting joints and causing pain.

Another possible explanation for the aches and pains is due to the weather restricting normal activity. Bad weather can force a person to stay inside and lounge, abandoning routine movement. Unused joints become stiff and painful, thus prompting the belief that the weather is to blame for any discomfort.

Keeping your joints comfortable

When your joints act up, it can be tempting to pack up and search for a location with better weather. However, this is not a realistic solution for most people. Instead, here are some tips that you can use to protect your joints during weather changes.

  • Keep moving. Resting through a stiff spell can make aches and pains worse. Taking periodic walks and stretch breaks can help ease joint discomfort.
  • Focus on nutrition. Joint health starts with a healthy diet. Omega-3 fatty acids, seeds, and nuts are known to help reduce inflammation in the joints.
  • Wear layers. To keep your joints limber, you want to keep them warm. Wearing snug layers or high-quality compression sleeves around your problem joints will help relieve achiness.
  • Try cold compresses. Heating pads can feel amazing on sore joints. However, cold compresses are more effective in reducing inflammation, which will help your joints get back to normal faster!

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