Does cold weather cause pain? Some studies have found a correlation between cold and damp days and arthritis flare-ups. Other research suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain in people with arthritis, while colder temps can cause painful changes in joint fluid thickness.
Cold weather can shrink the tissues causing them to pull on the nerve endings and cause joint pain. When it is cold, your nerve endings are more sensitive and the muscles surrounding your nerves tense up. When the barometric pressure drops, there is less atmospheric pressure to hold the tissues back and it causes more inflamed tissue to swell.
What can you do to reduce the effects of pain-inducing cold weather?
- Overdress rather than under-dress when outside. It’s easier to take off a layer than add on on when you’re outside in the cold.
- Keep moving. Walk as briskly as you can when you’re outdoors to keep as movement generates heat and improves flexibility.
- Workout Indoors – If you are an outside runner, for example, consider moving to the treadmill at the gym. Using equipment such as treadmills, stationary bikes and other cardio equipment is a great way to stay warm. Indoor swimming is also ideal to maintain flexibility.
- Remember to stretch! Before you work-out and even if you are not working out, engage in some basic stretches to keep limber.
- When pain strikes, rub Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel or Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream or Liquid on your sore muscles and joints.