Winter is upon us, and for those who suffer from joint pain that can mean even more discomfort. While many people blame their increased aches and pains on the cold weather, it is actually due to changes in the barometric pressure. When there are sudden drops in the barometric pressure, your joints can swell, putting more pressure on the nerves that control your pain centers. The more swelling, the more aches and pains. There are however, many ways you can control your arthritis pain this winter. Winter is a time that should be full of joyfulness and cheer, let us help you keep your spirits up and your pain levels down with some great tips on relieving your arthritis pain this winter.
Dress for the Winter seasonWhen the temperatures start to drop it should be obvious to us that we need to start dressing for the occasion. Moms don’t tell their kids to put on their coats and boots just to hear themselves talk, they are trying to keep those bodies healthy! Try layering up to keep warm. It also helps tremendously in lessening your arthritis aches and pains. Wear loose, layered clothing to help trap in your body’s heat and keep your joints warm. Some other winter weather dressing tips include:
- Wearing waterproof boots so your feet don’t get cold and damp
- Wearing a hat and scarf so you can protect your head and neck and trap in heat
- Wearing gloves to warm and protect your aching joints in your hands
- Wearing thermal or compression leggings and tights to keep your knees warm