Why Do We Feel Joint Pain When The Weather Changes?
Do you sometimes feel pain when the weather changes? This pain can occur in the form of a headache, or pain of an old wound, usually at the place of a surgery or fracture. If you don’t feel this, most probably you know someone who often complains of pain when the weather is changing. Or someone whose mood significantly changes when it starts to rain.
Have you ever wondered why these pains and mood swings happen? How can a weather change have such powerful effect on the human body? This is the same question that Hippocrates asked 2400 years ago. Even though we still don’t have a concrete scientific and substantiated answer, there are some theories.
Why Do We Feel Pain When The Weather Changes?
There’s no doubt. Weather changes can affect some people. There’s even a whole scientific field devoted to this phenomenon: biometeorology. A small, but diverse group of atmospheric scientists studies how and why the weather affects animals, plants and people.
The idea that some people ‘feel’ the weather changes before they happen, often falls into the category ‘folk tales’. But, there’s research that shows that the weather changes and the pain are interconnected. People who feel the changes of the weather are known as meteoropathics.
In the scientific community, there’s still no definitive explanation of this phenomenon. Robert Newlin Jamison, a researcher, and a psychiatry and anesthesiology professor at Harvard, has studied the effects of the weather on the chronically ill and has several theories.
Namely, the major focus here is on the changes in the atmospheric pressure, which can be best described as a weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us. High atmospheric pressure pushes the body tissue closer, not allowing it to spread. But, the atmospheric pressure often falls before a bad weather. When the atmospheric pressure is low, it does not push the tissue sufficiently, allowing it to expand and causing an additional burden on the wrists. According to Dr. Jamison, these are microscopic differences and it’s difficult for people to visually notice them. They can only be felt.
Still, meteoropathy remains only a hypothesis. Different studies offer different explanations. And, as an addition to the unclear results, a large number of people claim that weather changes do not affect them at all.
However, we know for certain that some changes can affect the processes in our bodies. For example, there are the changes in the atmospheric pressure and the blood pressure changes, which in turn can cause many additional complications in the human body.
How To Relieve The Joint Pain?
Scientists still say that it’s possible to alleviate the symptoms to some extent. Weather changes force some people to take painkillers, to alleviate the pain. This usually happens to people who suffer from arthritis, or have had bone fractures. But, they can also undertake some other measures, to relieve the pain.
Some of these measures are:
Heat can help with the joint pain. When you’re at home, increase the heating. Or, heat your car before you go inside it. Also, dress in warm clothing and into layers, which you can easily take off. All these preventive measures will help you relieve the pain you’re feeling.
2. Exercise Or Light Stroll
Before you head out, in the cold weather, warm up the joints with some simple exercises. You can find many warm up exercises on YouTube.
3. Improve Your Mood
People with chronic pain often experience feelings of anxiety, depression and irritability. Thus, improving your mood is important. First, start by improving your quality of sleep. Then, try to find the one thing that can occupy your attention, something to which you’ll be able to dedicate fully.