Frozen to the Bone (by Dr Angus Southwell – Chiropractor)
With the shift of the weather and temperature to the lower end of the thermometer, many of us are definitely feeling the cold in more ways than one. For some, a shift to the winter seasons means a flare up of different types of body aches and pain, especially in the joints.
There have been many studies done that looks into the correlation of joint pain and weather over the years, however, there hasn’t been a distinct connection of the two. Many theories suggest that the change in barometric pressure may cause many of the soft tissue structure such as muscles, tendons and scar tissues to expand and contract which adds pressure to our joints causing pain. It is also theorized that the colder temperatures can cause to fluids in our joints to expand which causing the area to feel stiffer.
Although we may not know the exact reasons to why the change in weather can cause the stiff and achy joints yet, we do know how we can help. In an article published by the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapies, it stated that patients who received chiropractic care, on an average of 4.4 treats over 3 weeks displayed a significant improvement in their joint pain. (Thorman, P., Dixner, A., & Sundberg, T. (2010). Effects of chiropractic care on pain and function in patients with hip osteoarthritis waiting for arthroplasty: a clinical pilot trial. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 33(6), 438–444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2010.06.006)
Picture above- The Iconic Bribie Island Bridge (on a cold winters morning)
Are you looking for a great Chiropractor who takes into consideration all aspects of your health? Call Bellara Chiropractic today to see how they can help you manage your joint pain this coming winter.