During the winter it can feel as though the cold is seeping into your bones and making any back pain that you may be suffering from feel worse. Most people would agree that cold weather affects back or joint pain to some degree.

However, looking past the anecdotal evidence, you might be wondering what some of the reasons are that cause your lower back pain to get worse during cold weather and how you can help relieve them.

Why Does Back Pain Get Worse in the Cold?

When your body becomes cold, the blood flow to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the spine is decreased. This can cause a tightening of the surrounding muscles and connective tissue, which increases the strain on the spine. Because the muscles in the spine become tight and tense, it adds to the tension and makes the pain and discomfort feel worse. 

If you live in a warmer climate, you tend to naturally be more sensitive to cold weather than someone who lives in a colder climate. You might also become a lot less active in colder weather, which can cause problems with conditions such as joint pain or lower back issues. Discomfort in these areas increases when your muscles stiffen up during the cold. It also increases your risk of muscle strains and sprains. 

How to Relieve Lower Back Pain During Cold Weather?

Always try to keep your environment at a reasonable temperature. Once you have achieved this and it is cold outside, you will probably just want to curl up on the sofa instead. However, this type of sedentary lifestyle causes stiffness and tension and leaves you susceptible to injury.

If you plan on going outside for a walk whilst you are experiencing lower back pain, it is important to make sure that you wrap up warm to stay protected from the cold. Dress appropriately for the weather outside. Even shivering from the cold can cause the muscles to feel tight or cramped.

Watch your step outside, keeping an eye out for any potential slipping hazards. If it is too cold outside to take a walk, then try some simple exercises and stretches at home to help rehabilitate the spine and reduce your lower back pain. 

Staying in shape is the best way to help your lower back pain as exercise helps to improve your posture, ease back pain, and prevent muscular issues. If your body doesn’t get enough exercise, then you begin to not only lose strength but stability and flexibility too. Exercise has also been proven to strengthen the immune system and improve mental health.

For more advice on how cold weather affects the body and how to relieve the symptoms, read our blog on what causes cold weather joint pain or talk to a chiropractor at Backworks. We also offer online chiropractic consultations so that you can speak to an expert from the comfort of your own home!