Autumn is the season that brings with it a plethora of changes in temperature, light and lifestyle. Along with these changes in the environment and in our school, work, active lifestyles, or social lives, the sensitivities of our bodies give us clues as to the uneasiness with which some of us make this transition from summer to fall.
Those people who have aches and pains in their back. Their joints are painful and much aggravated by the barometric pressure changes. It is common during the months of September, October and November to have wide fluctuations in temperature throughout the day. For instance, one may wake up to damp, cool, windy weather only to have it change to hot, humidity by mid-day and back to damp and cool in the evening.
But does weather really effect our bodies?
It’s typical for joint pain to start even before the first raindrops fall, says David Borenstein, MD, FACP, FACR, a rheumatologist and clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center and past president of the American College of Rheumatology.
“If you really listened carefully to Grandma or someone who had arthritis, they actually told you it was going to rain,” he says. “They said, ‘It’s going to rain today,’ and more likely than not, they were usually correct.”
One leading theory points to changes in air pressure. Although many people say that their pain worsens with damp, rainy weather, research has shown that it’s not the cold, wind, rain, or snow, Borenstein says. “The thing that affects people most is barometric pressure.”
Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us.
If you imagine the tissues surrounding the joints to be like a balloon, high barometric pressure that pushes against the body from the outside will keep tissues from expanding.
But barometric pressure often drops before bad weather sets in. This lower air pressure pushes less against the body, allowing tissues to expand — and those expanded tissues can put pressure on the joint. “It’s very microscopic and we can hardly notice, except that we have these sensations,” Jamison says.
Furthermore, when people have chronic pain, sometimes nerves can become more sensitized because of injury, inflammation, scarring, or adhesions, he says.
Nevertheless, the link between pain and weather changes remains hypothetical; research has come to mixed conclusions, Jamison says. “All the results are not very clean, meaning there are people who say that weather doesn’t affect their pain.”
Luckily there is Hemp-EaZe which is formulated to reduce the edema, swelling, and rejuvenate the circulation to help break up the blockage that settles in the joints and back. Make sure to toss a jar in your gym bag, tackle box, backpack and purses, to keep handy for when you begin to feel those changes coming on.
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