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- Feb 12 2017
8 Amazing Tips to Get Relief from Joint Pain this Winter
As winter sets in the city, people with arthritis are bracing themselves for joint pain. The sad fact is, those with arthritis experience worsening of symptoms with changing weather conditions.
With plummeting temperatures, our body limits the amount of blood it sends to organ extremities such as those of hand and feet so that relatively greater quantity of blood can flow into the heart and lungs. The agonizing joint pain is often the direct result of this less than usual blood supply. There is corroborative research evidence from Tufts University, which suggests that the cold season can bring about painful changes in joint fluid thickness. A few other studies have also found a strong relationship between short, wet and cold days and arthritis flare-ups.
A section of the scientific community believes that pain in winter is often linked to barometric pressure. Barometric pressure is the pressure exerted by the weight of the atmosphere. In winter, there is a reduction in the pressure exerted by the air around us. This drop in pressure can cause the tissues around the joints to swell and put pressure on nerves that control pain signals.
Another important fact is that winter and wet weather conditions can make it all the more difficult to manage the pain symptoms. Here are a few tips and techniques, which can help you to cope with joints that pain:
Maintain a balanced diet: Oranges, cabbage, spinach and tomatoes are super foods when it comes to getting relief from pain in the joints. Including sulphur rich foods in your diet will also go a long way in reducing joint pain, including knee pain.
Drink plenty of water: Our water consumption drastically reduces in winter as we do not feel thirsty. However, it is essential to keep the body well hydrated to reduce friction between the joint surfaces.
Soak in as much of the sunshine vitamin as possible: According to a recent research published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, persons low on Vitamin D levels reported significantly higher pain in the joints, especially knee joint and loss in function.
Wear knee support gear: Opt a brace or band to comfort and protect your knees from serious injury during winter.
Physiotherapy: People suffering from osteoarthritis should regularly attend physiotherapy sessions to enhance joint flexibility and get relief from pain. The sessions provide the right amount of movement, warmth and medication to sooth your aching joints.
Exercise regularly: Though in the present condition, you may want to avoid exercise. As your joints become stiff in winter, it is important to make a practice of moving about regularly. You can develop an indoor exercise regimen, which will reduce the friction between the joints and keep them supple
Check your Shoes: It is important that you wear the right size shoe. A wrong fit in all likelihood would aggravate your pain.
Quit Smoking: It is a lesser known fact that people who smoke have lower bone density, and hence are at a higher risk of issues related to bones and joints.
For those agonizing joint pains, get in touch with PORTEA physiotherapy. Relieve your pain, that too, in the comfort of your home.
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