The skies are clear blue, but you’re having an arthritis flare up. Could a storm be looming? You feel it in your bones, but is it just an old wives’ tale? Or can joint pain actually predict weather changes?
Believe it or not, your weather forecasting might have some validity, thanks to the effects of barometric pressure changes on your body.
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, 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, furthermore, when people have chronic pain, sometimes nerves can become more sensitized because of injury, inflammation, scarring, or adhesions.
As we enter Fall and the weather begins to change, we see more inconsistency in the barometric pressure, which leads to more aches and pains.
Chiropractic adjustments are useful in relieving pain in the nerves, improving circulation, and increasing range of motion, all of which can be essential in treating inflammation. If you’re suffering from inflammation, whether it be acute or chronic inflammation, chiropractic adjustments may be the solution you’re looking for. Our patients suffering from Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia and other joint related pain find relief with consistent adjustments, maintaining the mind/ body connection and preventing the fluctuation in barometric pressure to have as big of an impact.
Massage Therapy can be instrumental in relieving inflammation. Like chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy targets a variety of your body’s systems, including the nervous and muscular systems, the circulatory system, and even your lymphatic and respiratory system, which means that we can target multiple possible causes of inflammation through this treatment technique.