Do you feel aches and pains in your joints in the winter? Can your body determine when a storm is coming? It’s not in your head and you are not alone. And sorry, you are not a superhero. According to the Arthritis Foundation, it has been proven that the weather does affect your joints. Especially if you have arthritis.
So, while there is proof that changes in temperature and barometric pressure trigger joint pain, researchers haven’t figured out why. In a study at Tufts University in Boston in 2007, researchers found that every time there was a 10-degree drop in temperature, there was an increase in arthritis pain. They saw the same when there was an increase of barometric pressure.
Another study involving cadavers also found that the increase in barometric pressure affects the joints. In the experiment, they found that when there was a change in atmospheric pressure, the hip joint moved ⅓ of an inch off track.
The idea that weather affects your joints is nothing new. In 400 BC Hippocrates found a connection between certain illnesses and the change in the seasons. Also the sayings "aches and pain, coming rains," "feeling under the weather," and "ill health due to evil winds” are all connected to the idea. If you are one of the many people who experience joint pain during the change in weather, here are some home remedies to try out.
While you may think that gin is just for drinking, in medieval England gin was used to help cure people from the bubonic plague. Healthline says to soak golden raisins in gin until the liquid evaporates. Eat the raisins everyday during winter to help prevent pain from arthritis.
Eastern European’s have always believed that onions have healing properties so try this onion tea for your joint pain. Healthline says to peel and slice a large onion and then boil the slices in 1 1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and then add lemon, ginger and/or honey to improve the taste.
Capsaicin is a compound found in cayenne pepper that helps to reduce the transmission of pain signals to the brain. You can make a cream for your joints by mixing a few dashes of cayenne with some olive oil.
If you are suffering from joint pain, you will want to try to reduce pressure on the joints in the knees. By walking barefoot, you are eliminating any added stress and weight that shoes can add to your gait.
Cloves are an anti-inflammatory that helps stop the bodily processes that trigger arthritis. Cloves are also an antioxidant and consuming them can help slow damage to bones and cartilage. Throw them in some tea to incorporate them into your diet.
If all else fails, just warm up your joints to ease the pain. Stretching, jogging, heat creams and heating pads will all help loosen stiff joints.
According to Dr. James Gladstone, co-director of sports medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, "Anything cold causes muscles, ligaments and tendons to sort of tighten up, and that makes them stiffer. So if you're going to be doing stuff in cold weather, you want to make sure you warm up well first, and as importantly, have protective clothing on, so you don't get too cold."