Many people that suffer from persistent muscle or joint pain often agree that it gets worse during cold or wet weather. A number of studies have been conducted to find a link between weather and joint pain and the results have been mixed. Whilst some studies do find a strong relationship between cold, wet days and arthritis flare-ups, it’s difficult for scientists to analyse something as subjective as a person’s experience of pain. So, while there is no real scientific evidence suggesting that cold weather can influence musculoskeletal pain, there are still many anecdotal reports.

The types of weather patterns that appear to affect these conditions include temperature, precipitation and humidity and the types of conditions that are said to be associated with ‘weather pain’ are the same conditions that cause chronic pain in the muscles and joints, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and hypermobility.

What causes cold weather joint pain?

Whilst we have no definitive answer as to what causes cold weather joint pain, research suggests that in cold weather our bodies conserve heat, sending more blood to the vital organs such as the heart and the lungs. When this happens, the blood vessels in the arms, legs, shoulders, and knees constrict. A reduced flow of blood to these areas makes them colder and stiffer, causing discomfort and pain.

How to relieve cold weather joint pain

It might sound obvious but the most effective method for relieving cold weather muscle and joint pain is to keep warm. Always wear appropriate clothing when going outside.

Regular exercise will also help keep your joints feeling more limber and prevent stiffness, strengthen the muscles and also improve circulation. Exercise will also help you to lose weight if needed which puts less stress on the joints. You should also remember to have a proper cool-down to decrease tightening in the muscles after exercising.

Sports massage is a therapy that can help to relieve the symptoms of joint and muscular pain. Massage can significantly reduce pain for people with all types of arthritis, reducing muscle tension, improving flexibility and promoting repair within the body.

Pain is your body’s warning system and you absolutely must listen to it. Persistent pain in the joints could be the beginning signs of arthritis. Chiropractors mainly use gentle, specific manipulation to increase the mobility of the joints and reduce inflammation. If you still notice pain in your joints after warming them up then talk to a chiropractor at Backworks to make sure that you’re not injured. Give us a call on 01702 342329.