By Athlete's Care on July 06, 2021
In a climate like that of the GTA, with its ups and downs in temperature and humidity, many people, and arthritis sufferers in particular, say that their aches and pains get worse when it rains. Even without arthritis per se, some people report a flare up of pain or discomfort at the site of old injuries.
But, do they really?
As it turns out, the research and experts don’t entirely agree on how it works. Some, in fact, don’t believe that the connection has been proven at all. Still, all those people can’t be entirely wrong. It’s also possible that some people’s bodies are more attuned to those changes in the weather than others.
Arthritis isn’t one single disease – it’s a term that describes joint disorders. Experts, and the research, tend to believe that one of two reactions comes into play. As the barometric pressure drops when it begins to rain, either:
In either case, it results in increased pain and stiffness in the joints.
Bad weather can also influence how much exercise you get, and walking, cycling, and other joint friendly exercises relieve pain due to arthritis.
Making it better
There are various steps that you can take to help alleviate weather-related arthritis pain.
If you are living with arthritis, our Toronto physiotherapists, massage therapists, and other sports medicine specialists are ready with answers to your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics today.