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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jeremy Will, D.C.

Is Weather Affecting Your Arthritis?

People with conditions like arthritis, spinal disc problems, and some types of headaches often claim that they can predict the weather based on their daily pain level. Research has confirmed that discomfort levels correlate to changes in the weather, mainly falling barometric pressure or lowering temperatures.

 

While it’s impossible to control mother nature, it’s quite possible to impact many other factors to manage your pain levels. Here are our top recommendations for keeping your arthritis under control.

 

Keep warm

When the weather is getting colder, make sure you are staying warm by wearing appropriate clothing. It’s essential to keep your small joints warm, especially your hands and feet.

 

Exercise indoors

It's important to keep those joints moving, even in colder weather. Opt to exercise indoors instead to stay on track.

 

Stretch

Stretching benefits arthritis sufferers by lubricating joints and maintaining flexibility. Stretching can also help improve blood flow to speed recovery.

 

Take a warm bath

Consider soaking in a warm bath or hot tub to ease discomfort. Research shows that heat treatments can loosen stiff joints and relieve achy muscles.

 

See your chiropractor

Did you know arthritis is one of our office's most common conditions? Schedule an appointment whenever pain persists beyond a day or so.

 

We hope these tips will help you navigate the cooler months ahead! Check out this infographic for more information.



An Alarming Statistic for Youth Physical Activity


More than 80% of young people ages 11 to 17 fail to reach the recommended daily minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Four years ago, the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance gave American children a grade of D- for overall physical activity. The subsequent pandemic reduced activity even more.

One way for kids to build the skills and strength they need? Weightlifting and other types of resistance training, like pushups and body weight exercises. Despite this evidence, however, there is a longstanding and widespread belief that strength training is both inappropriate and unsafe for elementary school-age children – that it stunts growth, causes excess strain, and increases the risk of injuries. Even though most experts agree that this school of thought is outdated and incorrect.

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