Every February 2nd, Puxatawney Phil lets us know if we can expect 6 more weeks of winter. Well, he showed up, and looks like we are in for some more chilly weeks ahead. But if you are one of the nearly 50 million Americans who suffer from Arthritis, you may have already sensed that was our forecast.
The Arthritis Foundation cites studies that show lower barometric pressure causes more pains for people in barometric pressure chambers. What does this mean for you? That no matter if you suffer from inflammatory or non-inflammatory arthritis, studies have shown that cold weather can cause you more aches and pains. So there is some truth to the old wive’s tale that your joints can sense a change in weather.
Pain can deter even the most active of people from doing what they love. But who has time to waste on waiting for pain to subside? We encourage you to combat your arthritic pain during winter with these helpful tips:
- Stay warm and layer up: This may come as absolutely no surprise to you, but adding a base layer can be a simple way to combat arthritic pain. Depending on where your pain is located, we recommend using one of our Dual Action Pain Relief + Compression sleeves underneath your clothing to not only keep you warm, but provide pain relieving Capsaicin medicine directly on your skin.
- Eat a healthy diet: Foods that are high in sugar, gluten, and dairy can cause people, especially with rheumatoid arthritis, to have a flare-up. Focusing on reducing your artificial sugar intake (yes this includes your beloved carbs too) can help reduce pain associated with inflammation.
- Stay active and exercise: Moving your body feels good. Make it a daily habit to get your body moving, even if it just a walk around your house, neighborhood or down the block (no to your fridge does not count). We also recommend using our compressions sleeves while you move to help reduce pain and swelling. They are safe to wear on the go!