Are your joints feeling stiff lately?
Is it harder to get your muscles moving in the morning?
Do your hips, knees, shoulders, or back ache more than usual?
This time of year many people just like you pay us a visit.
They are usually experiencing a worsening of symptoms in
their joints that have been nagging them for awhile. The cold
weather just seems to move soreness to pain. This is where it
starts to interrupt peoples movement and lives.
Is it the cold temperatures that are seeping into your bones?
We do know that the weather, hot or col, will not make your
actual condition worse. Also, a temperature change can not
actually cause you to develop a joint condition.
So why are aches and pains so much worse in the winter?
Here are five reasons why you may be experiencing
1. Decreased blood flow -
Colder temperatures restrict blood vessels making it more
difficult for your body to get oxygen to your muscles. The
blood circulation around your joints is what keeps them
warm and mobile.
2. Less Movement -
We spend a lot more time sitting in the winter. I know I am
curled up by the fireplace in the evening instead of out walking
the dog. Movement is like spraying WD40 on your joints and
without it they will become stiff and not move as easily. This
inactivity can also lead to muscle weakness over time.
Although the change may seem sudden, muscles surrounding
your joints are no longer able to support the joint.
3. Abandoned exercise routines -
If you enjoy exercising outside, it can be difficult to maintain
your normal workout routine in the winter. However, avoiding
exercise is the worst thing you can do for aching joints. Try
indoor aerobics, yoga in your living room, swimming at an
indoor heated pool, or use a stationary bicycle. It may require
more effort than during the warmer months, but it will pay
great dividends in more energy and less pain.
4. Tight Muscles and Tendons -
Cold temperatures cause muscles, tendons, and ligaments to
become less flexible. You are more likely to experience muscle
spasms causing pain surrounding the joint or hear pops and
clicks as you move. In this state of stiffness, your joints are
also more prone to further injury.
5. Winter Blues -
Colder temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight (even holiday
stress) can take a toll on on your emotional well being. It can
result in actual clinical depression or simply feeling tired and
melancholy. Any type of depression or negative mood will
increase our sensitivity to pain. Look for ways to combat the
winter blues. Get yourself in sunlight whenever possible, or
invest in a natural sun lamp for your home. Seek professional
help if you feel you have a actual seasonal depressive disorder.
So, after all that are you ready to move south for the winter?
Unfortunately, studies show that our bodies adjust to the
climate we are in. Therefore, weather changes still affect us
even in warm and dry climates.
Wherever you live, weather changes are unavoidable. However,
you can take steps to manage the worst effects of it.
- wear the right clothing to keep your joints warm
- stretch your muscles regularly
- stay active on a daily basis
- employ safety and fall prevention techniques
Above all, work on treating and managing the underlying cause
of your pain. You will find more pain relief and long term benefit
than you would by simply getting out of the cold.
Don't hibernate for the winter or just suffer through in pain. Take
the necessary steps to improve your condition.
It is possible to remain independent, move freely, and live pain free
even during the cold winter months. Head over to our website
www.peakpotentialpt.com and request one of our FREE reports to
address back, knee, or hip pain.
Don't spend another night hoping tomorrow you will be able to get
out of bed without pain. Action today is what is going to make for a