For many people, changes in the weather could worsen pain caused by old injuries or conditions such as arthritis. Have you ever heard someone say, “My knee is acting up again, which means it’s going to rain.”? It turns out that the weather can have a lot to do with flare-ups of chronic pains. It’s not just the cold damp weather that brings out these aches and pains. It can actually be the increased temperatures and irritants of summertime that sometimes remind us that we aren’t 16 anymore. But, there’s hope! Keep reading to find out how to manage these changes in your body.
While most people seem to be bothered by the cold, it turns out that a smaller percentage of adults with arthritis complain that they have more flare-ups in the heat. This can be explained by the changes in temperature and humidity. These influence how ligaments and tendons in and around a joint expand and contract, which in turn can cause irritation and pain to the area. If you notice you’re a little more sore or stiff as summer creeps in, check in with us. We can help you glide through the rest of summer pain-free.
It’s reported that more than 80% of patients suffering from fibromyalgia found that changes in the weather increased their discomfort. While it was more common for cold and wet weather to be the cause, some have found that all levels of extreme temperatures whether hot or cold, increased muscle pain, and even fatigue. If you’re living with fibromyalgia, chiropractic care can be an excellent supplement in your health and wellbeing plan. Your provider can equip you with stretches and advice personalized to you and your specific struggle.
Headaches can be exacerbated by the warmer weather. Both tension headaches and migraines can be triggered by or made worse by extreme heat. This is usually because we don’t drink enough water and ultimately the heat causes dehydration.
There are a number of ways that you can stay in control of your body to keep pain at bay. Here are some suggestions to help you stay cool and in control:
- Stay hydrated. Drink not only water but drinks full of electrolytes.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. These will only dehydrate you quicker.
- Stay in the shade, in front of the fan, or an air-conditioned environment.
- Keep your skin covered up with loose-fitting, cool clothing, a hat, and sunglasses.
- When you’re on the go remember to bring your water bottle.
- Wear a cold washcloth on the back of your neck and run cold water over your wrists if you get overheated.
The best parts of summer don’t have to be the worst. Stay ahead of the heat and in control of your body. Momentum can help! Your chiropractor at Momentum Chiropractic can align the joints, muscles, and vertebrae that will provide relief when you need a little help. Preventative chiropractic care can also keep injuries from happening in many cases, and when you’re managing old injuries, we can keep you aligned. Get in touch with us today so you don’t miss even a single minute of summertime!