Our bodies are miraculous machines that protect us from the external environment. Not only does this include our surroundings but the weather which can also make a direct impact.
During the winter months, the colder weather can bring on achy joints due to inflammation. This is caused by the cold along with differences in the air pressure which causes the muscles to shrink slightly making it harder for our muscles to move. This can cause pressure on the joint spaces and nerves. Another concern about winter weather is the potential of weight gain due to a more sedentary lifestyle. As we gain weight, this leads to added pressure on the joints.
The warmer weather during the summer is known to cause an increase in headaches due to dehydration and the brightness of the sun which can irritate people’s vision leading to headaches. Another concern about summer months is low back and disc problems. As the seasons change, we want to be a “weekend warrior” by tending to the garden, hiking, playing outside sports, grilling out, and other outside activities. This change of daily habits (going from a sedentary lifestyle to more active) can lead to back pain, especially when using improper movements.
However, chiropractic care helps alleviate the pain we experience throughout the year by decreasing joint pressure, increasing joint and muscle mobility, and removing pressure off the nerves of the spine. With regular chiropractic care, our body can perform at its maximum capability during all weather!
Symptoms of joint inflammation
There are various symptoms of joint inflammation including fatigue, discomfort, pain, grinding noises in the joints, joint stiffness, limited motion, swelling, redness or tenderness around a joint, weakness, and instability. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor can be extremely beneficial.
How can the chiropractor help with joint pain?
Chiropractors use non-invasive techniques to help alleviate joint discomfort and improve mobility. We would begin by conducting a thorough examination to identify the underlying cause of the discomfort. Once the cause has been identified, we may use a range of techniques which include:
Manual therapy: Hands-on manipulation of the joints, muscles, and other soft tissues to help reduce discomfort and improve range of motion.
Exercise therapy: Instruct on specific exercises to help strengthen muscles and improve joint stability, which can help reduce discomfort and prevent future injuries.
Massage therapy: Techniques to help relax the muscles and improve circulation.
Electrical stimulation: Use of electrical currents to stimulate the muscles and nerves.
Heat or cold therapy: Use heat or cold therapy to help reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort in the affected joint.
We may also provide advice on lifestyle modifications, such as diet and exercise, to help prevent future joint discomfort and improve overall health and well-being. If necessary, they may refer patients to other healthcare professionals for further evaluation or treatment.
How can I prevent joint/muscle discomfort?
There are simple ways that you can help prevent joint or muscle discomfort. This includes staying as warm as possible; this could mean anything from wearing multiple layers to drinking hot fluids. Additionally, staying active helps fluid, joint, and muscle mobility so it’s helpful to remain active all year round.
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