7 Ways to Reduce Winter Joint Pain
Stiffness, aches and pains are often associated with changes in weather, especially with the falling temperatures of winter.
The link between weather and aches and pains has been studied extensively, but there is no clear connection between weather change and joint pain. One theory relates to drops in barometric pressure, which causes the tendons, muscles and surrounding tissues to expand. Because of the confined space within the body, this can cause pain, especially in joints affected by arthritis.
Cold weather causes muscles to lose more heat and contract, causing tightness throughout the body. When your joints get tighten, your muscles can lose their range of motion and your nerves can more easily be pinched creating pain. We tend to be less mobile in winter, resulting in muscle soreness when subjected to vigorous movement. Herbs like turmeric and boswellia serrata are great for lubricating your joints and reducing pain, and both just so happen to be the main ingredients in ZenMove.
Cold weather can also affect your moods. If you are sad or depressed, your perception of pain may be magnified.
Here are the seven ways to avoid muscle soreness and joint pain during winters:
- Dress warm and wear plenty of layers
- Get up, walk around and be active indoors and/or outdoors
- Stretch before going outside to loosen stiff joints
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Use Vitamin D supplements
- Avoid unnecessary strain on your joints during daily activities
- Get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy diet and keep a positive outlook