Warm Weather Woes
While colder weather can increase aching, many patients don’t know that warm weather typically increases swelling and pain. This means that the increased pressure and humidity outdoors can increase the expansion of joints, tendons, muscles, and even scar tissue, leaving many people with previous injuries in pain.
Chronic conditions can have flare-ups no matter the temperature outside, but the summer weather does cause our bodies to need a period of adjustment, and this can increase the painful symptoms of arthritis and other conditions.
You can work to decrease your pain at home by using or combining any of these methods:
1. STAYING COOL
Remain inside when you can, especially on extremely hot days. Take breaks to stay cooler if you must venture outside, and make sure your air conditioner is turned up to a comfortable temperature.
2. STAY HYDRATED
Water is not only good for your health, but it helps to flush toxins out of the body which also helps to fight inflammation. It aids your joints by keeping them well-lubricated.
3. GET ACTIVE
Low-impact physical activities such as swimming, yoga, and walking are all great ways to relieve pressure on your joints and keep them lubricated. They also help to promote stronger supportive muscles that can decrease pressure and strain on your joints.
Still suffering? Reach out and schedule a visit from Dr. Donkin and set up a treatment plan to get you back on the path to wellness!
Source: iRISE Spine and Joint