Winter is the time of a year when most of the people complain of joint pain flare-up and an intense increase in the joint and muscle pain. The drop in barometric pressure can impact people by making them suffer from the discomforts of Arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and back pain and signals additional pain and discomfort.
9 Reasons for the Flare-ups of Joint Pain in the Winter:
Here are a few probable reasons that explain why the joint pain flares up in the winter.
- The increased sensitivity of the nerves or pain receptors in the joint due to the cold temperature.
- The synovial fluid which acts as a shock absorber in a joint becomes more viscous (thick) and does not flow freely in the winter, thereby causes stiffness and crackling in the joint.
- The decrease in the atmospheric pressure causes tissues to swell which are already inflamed, thereby causing more tension and pain.
- Not enough sunlight during the winter season means less Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an important role in keeping your bones strong and helping in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. So, decreased sunlight is one of the reasons for joint pain flare-up.
- The pain and stiffness get exacerbate due to more muscle spasms in the cold temperatures.
- The cold temperature reduces the blood circulation which intensifies the pain.
- Inactivity: People tend to move less in the cold weather, so inactive joints get more stiff and painful.
- The change in the temperature from warm to cold weather makes the muscles and tendons to contract and expand, thereby developing more pain in the inflamed joints.
- With age, the connective tissue becomes less elastic. The in-elasticity of tissues increases restriction. With the added cold temperature, the tissues get stiffer and restrict the movements of joints.
Arthritis can impact daily life adversely and poses extra challenges for individuals who suffer from it. If you’re reading this blog and if you are experiencing an increase in the joint pain due to the cold weather, homeopathy is at your rescue. Homeopathy offers excellent treatment for Arthritis, particularly to individuals who have not developed joint deformities. The homeopathic medicines help to relieve you of the joint pain, stiffness, and swelling and help to prevent further changes in the joint. Most importantly, homeopathy reduces the dependency on painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Along with medicines, choose to wear warm winter clothes, stay active and do indoor exercises to improve the flexibility of your joints, ligaments, and tendons, supplement Vitamin D, and stay well-hydrated as staying adequately hydrated keeps the cartilage between the joints soft and moist.