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Pain in the Forecast

When it comes to predicting the weather, many of our patients are experts – mainly due to the fact that when bad weather is approaching, their joints start to ache and back and neck pain seems to worsen. It sounds like an old wives tale that aches and pains get worse when a storm is approaching, but there is actually some truth behind it.

People have been predicting the weather based on their aches and pains for years as far back as the 5th century B.C. Since then, a number of disorders have been identified as being sensitive to changes in the weather. These include, headache, back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. A number of factors have been identified as the culprits such as temperature, humidity and thunderstorms. Although there have been few controlled studies on the subject, most research points to the lowered atmospheric barometric pressure that precedes weather changes.

In one of the first studies on the effect of weather on joint pain, researchers established a direct link between low barometric pressure, inflammation and joint pain in rats. For the study, scientists artificially produced a state of chronic inflammation in the feet of lab rats. When the rats were placed in a low pressure environment, they exhibited signs of exacerbated foot joint pain not seen in their control counterparts. Further research has demonstrated that the same phenomenon occurs in humans.

Various theories have been proposed for the relationship between air pressure and joint pain. The most likely explanation is that the fluid in swollen joints expands following changes in barometric pressure. A way of explaining this is to imagine a balloon in a barometric chamber. If the pressure outside the balloon drops, the air on the inside expands and stretches the walls of the balloon. When the same thing happens to a swollen joint, the expansion stretches soft tissue, irritates nerve endings and causes pain.

Weather changes do not cause pain by themselves; they can however, exacerbate inflammation that’s already there. After all, not everyone experiences pain when a storm is on its way, and those who do don’t experience pain in every joint.

Chiropractors have been saying for years that the absence of pain is not the same as good health! And this proves the point! So, while there is some truth to the idea that aches and pains can forecast changes in the weather, it doesn’t mean it has to become the norm. Patients are still encouraged to decrease inflammation with things they can actually control. Sunny days ahead are no substitute for proper exercise, good diet and supplementation and of course – good chiropractic care.

 

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