It’s people’s natural tendency to blame the weather for a wide range of health problems. Sinus headaches, sluggishness, even gastrointestinal distress – they all seem to “flare up” under certain weather conditions. In fact, one of the most common instances is when people attribute joint pain to cold or unseasonable weather.
While there might not be much merit in blaming the clouds for your IBS, it turns out that seasonal joint pain is a real condition. Colder weather can have a profound effect on joints, causing them to become tight and, as a result, painful. But, just because the season is changing doesn’t mean winter should be a painful experience. If you’re someone who feels the oncoming season in their joints, it’s important to start seeking relief right away.
Chiropractic can be one of the best ways to address seasonal joint pain. Having your spine and hips routinely adjusted at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA may be exactly what you need to keep a cold-weather joint condition in check.
Mitigate the symptoms of seasonal joint pain
Though medical science doesn’t have a definitive answer, many experts have concluded that winter’s low pressure air results in the expansion of joint tissue. This is what causes your knees, wrists, ankles, and other joints to feel tight and pained during fall and winter.
When this combines with existing tenderness and swelling, such as arthritis, the results can be very painful. Those with conditions such as osteoarthritis are also more susceptible to seasonal joint pain. In any case, it’s important not to let the season encroach on your wellness and make things worse. Thankfully, there are a few simple at-home remedies that can mitigate joint pain issues in the immediate:
- Stay hydrated: When it isn’t hot out, you might forget to regularly drink water. Keeping hydration up is important for everything from digestion to maintaining energy levels. It’ll also help your joints stay hydrated in dryer months.
- Use heat therapy: Apply a warm rag or a heating pad to affected areas. This will loosen up joints, ligaments, and muscles, allowing for better blood flow and mobility.
- Exercise regularly: Maintaining a workout regimen that includes both cardiovascular and strength training is important. Be sure to target the right muscles, to support your joints effectively.
Long-term relief with chiropractic
At-home remedies might only take you so far in combating seasonal joint pain. For long-term relief, many people turn to chiropractic. You might not need to go to a chiropractor year-round, but when you have those seasonal pain flare-ups, a spinal expert may be able to help.
Ensuring the spine is properly aligned is crucial to maintaining central nervous system health, which affects the whole body – including your joints. Everything from targeted manipulation of knees, hips, and spinal joints, to massage therapy and acupuncture, could also serve to simulate better blood flow and nerve health. All of this may reduce inflammation or tension in joints, which alleviates problems caused by low-pressure air.
Fend off winter’s bane
Don’t dread the coming winter and the all-too familiar pain that usually arrives with it. Instead, find out how the experienced team at Stability Health Center helps patients throughout the Seattle, WA region combat their seasonal joint pain. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We’ll work to understand more about your pain and familiarize you with the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use to get real, measurable results.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.