1. Dry winter air
2. Shoveling snow
3. Dimmer days
5. Colds season
6. Icy conditions
7. Whirling dirt
It's no wonder many people feel achy and sore, and sometimes tired and depressed, during winter months they're often not getting enough vitamin D. The body makes vitamin D from the sun's ultraviolet rays, so it's known as the sunshine vitamin, but this source is in short supply throughout late fall and winter.
The refreshing change in weather during autumn’s arrival can also bring along aches and pains caused by the decrease in temperature and the lower barometric air pressure. These pains do not only happen to older adults, but also younger athletic individuals who might experience aggravated muscle pains.
Muscle or joint pains are frequent problems for many people throughout the year, but with the colder months these areas become more inflamed. This is related to many different changes in weather. Changes in wind, temperature, humidity, precipitation and barometric pressure can trigger these pains and knock you out of your daily routine.
There are a few quick solutions to reduce the inflammation of a joint or muscle. Icing the swollen area until slightly numb can relieve some pain. When icing, make sure to wrap the ice pack inside a towel before applying it to the inflamed area. Direct contact with ice to skin is not recommended. This has the potential to cause frostbite and other tissue damage. Along with icing take an anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen. This will help minimize the pain and allow you to continue with your day-to-day activities.
Try to stay warm. A great way to keep cold weather from affecting your joints is to stay warm. Bundle up when leaving the house. Bust out those gloves to keep your fingers and wrists warm while wearing nice wool socks for ankle pains. These layers will keep in your body heat, which will keep the blood circulating throughout the body. Another great way to loosen the inflammation is to use a heat pad on the sore area. This will help with the blood circulation, allowing the swelling to move out.
Managing your body weight will also help reduce wear and tear on your joints. Ankle and knee problems can be caused by or worsen with excess weight. Staying at a healthy body weight can take pounds of pressure off those sensitive areas. Visit RealAge.com and learn more at home ways to help relieve some of those aches.
Why not enjoy a relaxing deep tissue massage? Not only are they working your muscles, the massage therapists are helping your blood circulate throughout the body. One main reason people experience joint and muscle pain during the cold fall and winter months is because your body’s circulation to your arms and legs decreases. This decrease causes inflammation at the joints. If you injured yourself in the past, but the pain worsens during cold spells, you might want to help strengthen the joints by working with a physical therapist. These therapists know the body, our joints and all the ligaments in our bodies, and they can help target the cause of your pain and ways to minimize it.
There are many ways to help ease the pain and diminish it. The world of Chinese medicine is unbelievably amazing at helping with joint aches and pains. For many of us these types of pain can be correlated with fibromyalgia and arthritis. With the combination of acupuncture and different Chinese herbal remedies concocted for each individual the pains will subside or even disappear completely. The treatments of acupuncture and herbs help to balance energy blockages that can cause joint pain. Also, acupuncture helps to alleviate arthritis by nourishing the spleen energy that is associated with arthritic symptoms. Damp and cold weather also both affect the spleen energy therefore these fluctuations in weather contribute to joint pain and arthritis. From a nutritional viewpoint, reducing dairy products helps to ease joint pains and aches. There are a lot of skeptics to Chinese medicine, but don’t knock it before you try it. It might surprise you!
If you would like to know more about acupuncture for pain relief visit www.tiffanikiminstitute.com or call 312.260.9000 to talk with an acupuncturist who can explain ways to help with relieving the winter pains. You can also set up an appointment for a relaxing massage.