4 Tips To Help Cold Weather Joint Pain
Those of us with joint pain know cold weather is more than inconvenient – it causes increased pain. Joints that may be a little stiff in warmer weather often have more limited mobility during the colder months as well. People with arthritis, bursitis, lupus, gout, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and other diseases, as well as those with temporary issues of tendinitis, some infections and injuries suffer more in the winter. While nothing can replace the qualified care of a physician, there are some home remedies that can help until you’re able to make it in for your next appointment:
It’s tempting to crawl under the covers, but getting and staying active is the best remedy. Exercise boosts the production of your body’s synovial fluid, which keeps your joints lubricated. Plus, physical activity releases endorphins, your body’s natural mood-boosters. Always take time to warm up a bit before following your doctor-approved exercises.
Even if you’re just walking around doing errands, don’t forget your gloves, coat and hat. Keeping your muscles warm is an important step in feeling good. Plus, wearing proper footwear in the winter can help keep you from slipping.
Get Enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D levels naturally dip in the winter when we are exposed to less sun. Research shows that being Vitamin D deficient can increase sensitivity to some joint pain. Have yours checked at your next physical and consider using supplements if your levels are low.
Watch Your Weight
It’s certainly not easy, but every pound you lose will take pressure off your joints. Losing just one pound relieves four pounds of pressure from your knees. Our website has many healthy and delicious recipes to help your weight-loss journey!
Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert and the team at Live Well Chiropractic Center in Mason, Ohio have the treatments you need to help relieve your pain. Our experienced staff can help with the three phases of care: pain relief, stabilization and maintenance. We offer a full suite of chiropractic care, orthotics and corrective exercise for your entire family. Check out our website to see a full list of issues we treat, and give us a call at 513-285-7482 to find out how we can help reduce your pain and improve your health. And be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!