Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5 Tips for Relieving Winter Arthritis Pain

Many arthritis sufferers will attest that their symptoms seem worse in cold weather. An increase in pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints is often reported in winter, and when combined with a heightened risk of falling when snow or ice are on the ground, the season can be especially tough on those living with the condition.

If you are suffering from arthritis, the cold weather does not have to prevent you from doing the things you love. Here are five tips you can follow to help relieve your symptoms.

Stay active.
You may find yourself tempted to hibernate when the weather is cold, but it’s important to stay active. Exercise improves your balance, combats fatigue, and increases your strength and flexibility. It can also help you to maintain a healthy weight. There are plenty of gentle exercises you can perform at home, with or without exercise equipment. Try lifting soup cans, marching in place, or dancing to your favorite music. If you want to leave the house, walking in an indoor location—such as a mall—is a great option, too.

Dress appropriately.
Even if you’re just walking to the mailbox and back, be sure to wrap up warm and cover your extremities. Wearing plenty of loose layers is best—layers help to trap body heat and keep you warm, while also giving you the option to take some off if you overheat. 

Increase your vitamin D intake.
It’s likely that you’ll get less sunlight exposure when the weather is cold, which can lead to a vitamin D deficiency. Your sensitivity to arthritis pain may be higher when your vitamin D levels are low, so consider increasing your consumption of foods rich in the nutrient. Cod liver oil, egg yolks, mushrooms, and fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are just a few good options, as are supplements.

Take a bath.
Soaking in warm water can help soothe sore joints. Enjoy a bubble bath, swim in a heated pool—even washing the dishes can be comforting. Remember to take some time afterwards before going outside to allow your body temperature to return to normal.

Get a massage
Massage reduces the stiffness of your muscles and is a pleasant and relaxing experience. Even if you don’t want to go to a spa or physical therapy clinic for a professional massage, a daily self-massage at home can provide comforting short-term results.

Looking for a long-term solution to arthritis pain? Contact us today to learn about alternative treatment options like Stem Cell Therapy.

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