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Weather has a big impact on all of us. Beyond the sunscreen, floppy hats, raincoats, umbrellas, snow shovels, and ice scrapers, there are the physiological effects generated by meteorological phenomena. Many of us are all too familiar with the dramatic increase in aches and pains experienced by those who are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity. There are several things that can be done to help prevent these effects and improve the daily lives of people afflicted with “weather pains”. Let’s take a look at some of the common conditions that get negatively affected by various weather conditions:
  • Inflammatory disorders, such as various types of arthritis, are especially sensitive to weather patterns. Arthritic inflammation affects synovial tissue (the layer of cells lining the joint), ligaments that hold joints together, and muscle–tendon units that cause joints to move through a specific range of motion. All of these connective tissues contain numerous pain receptors whose primary purpose is to prevent injury. But pain receptors become problematic when they’re firing, not as a signal of potential damage to the joint and its supporting connective tissues, but rather as a response to swelling of the joint structures caused by inflammation.
  • Osteoarthritis (when moderate or severe) and rheumatoid arthritis result in ongoing inflammation and, therefore, ongoing pain of greater or lesser degree.
  • Any external process that increases joint swelling will uncomfortably increase arthritic pain.
  • Other conditions with proposed links to inflammation, such as migraine headaches, are also susceptible to changes in meteorological phenomena.
As the only way to control the weather we’re experiencing is to relocate to a more favorable climate, it’s best to employ more practical measures that focus on things we can actually control. These methods are directed at turning down our internal thermostats, in other words, reducing the sources and causes of physiologic inflammation.

Weather pains can be reduced by taking some basic measures:

Eating a healthy diet: Consuming five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables each day is a primary tool for reducing inflammation. Eliminating foods containing preservatives and additives is another important step. Gluten is another well-known inflammatory trigger. If you suspect you may be gluten sensitive, you could place yourself on a six-week gluten-free trial and evaluate the results.

Exercising for at least 30 minutes five times a week: Those with inflammatory conditions should consult with their chiropractor or physical therapist to learn what types of exercise they may safely engage in.

Obtaining sufficient rest: Getting by with less rest is not heroic and may be damaging. Seven hours of sleep each night is probably an acceptable minimum, and an average of eight hours of sleep each night is most beneficial.

These important lifestyle enhancements will not eliminate inflammatory disorders, but they will make the effects of these conditions much more tolerable.
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