For people with chronic pain, the impending cool down can cause dread and anxiety since pain can often be exacerbated by lower temperatures and changes in barometric pressure as muscles and joints tighten and stiffen. Fortunately, there are some lifestyle changes that have been shown to help with managing pain as things get chilly this fall and winter, including:
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. If you suffer from joint pain, your joint health may be connected to consuming inflammatory foods. Swapping these foods for those with anti-inflammatory properties has been shown to be beneficial for relieving pain. Plant-based foods, fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, and foods packed with omega-3s including fish and nuts are good options. For a 7-day anti-inflammatory eating plan, please read more here.
- Strap on Oska Pulse under your fall and winter gear. Layers are always important to keep warm during the winter months, but even more so for people with chronic pain as cold weather can aggravate symptoms. For extra pain relief power, wear Oska Pulse underneath your warm clothes for the on-the-go benefits of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy, which relieves pain and reduces inflammation. It’s compact and wearable, making it simple to incorporate into your daily routine.
- Stretch your muscles and joints regularly. When the weather is cold, your muscles, tendons and ligaments can tighten and cause more pain. For back pain in particular, regular stretching, or even activities like yoga, can keep the muscles active and combat chill-related tightening. But be sure to warm up your muscles first before stretching! You should never stretch cold muscles.
- Exercise indoors as regularly as possible. It’s completely understandable that it can be harder to find the motivation to exercise when it’s cold, wet or snowy outside, but it’s important to stay active. Regular, light exercise, such as aerobics or swimming (in an indoor pool), can keep your joints and muscles from tightening from the cold (see #3 above) and lack of use. Read more about how exercise can help relieve chronic pain here.
As the weather cools down significantly and the chill of fall and winter begins to set in around the country, we suggest working these tips into your everyday pain management routine to help mitigate the impact of the cold weather on your chronic pain. For more information about Oska Pulse and how it works to relieve pain without drugs, you can visit www.oskawellness.com.