It seems like everyone’s aches and pains feel worse when the weather is cold.
Even Mr Arthur Ritis seems to visit only during the colder seasons.
Yes, there is research that says that when the temperature drops, your muscles and joints stiffen up and that the barometric pressure (air pressure) reduces, causing you
r nerves to be more sensitive to existing symptoms of pain etc.
So no, unless you are doing activities that actually aggravate your pain, your injury or condition is not getting worse, you are just feeling it more.
Here are some TIPS to keep those aches and pains away:
1. DON’T STAY IN THE SAME POSITION
Try not to stay in the same position for too long, you will stiffen up. Change your body position regularly and add a simple stretch in every time you change your position.
2. USE A WHEAT BAG OR HOT WATER BOTTLE
For muscles or joints that need attention, you can use a wheat bag or a hot water bottle to give that area heat. Heat increases blood flow to that area and can create a temporary pain reduction effect by the release of endorphin or happy hormones.
Of course, continue exercising or start exercising. Anything is good as long as it gets your heart rate up for a considerable period of time and its safe to do considering your condition and injury that you have. Getting advice and clearance from a health professional is advisable.
4. HEAT CREAMS
Creams like Dencorub, deep heat, tiger balm, pain away etc. can give you the feeling of heat but its not true heat like what you get from a wheat bag or hot water bottle. No cream can increase the temperature of the area that you put it on. Only heat from another source can do that.
5. SEE A PHYSIO AND GET TREATMENT
Of course, if you have persistant pain that is worse during the colder months, seek specific treatment from a physiotherapist who can give you a tailored solution to your problem.