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When medical science was not so advanced, people used natural ways to treat any pain or medical condition. Natural herbs, acupuncture, yoga, massage, such were the methods applied for natural healing, and then there was Music Therapy, an interesting treatment method for pain relief.
Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Various studies have been conducted, and it has been proved that music has healing power. Listening to music significantly reduces the intensity of pain as well as it even alleviates anxiety and depression that one feels due to painful conditions like arthritis.
What does music therapy do? How can a piece of music bring down the pain we feel? Let’s understand all.
How our brain responses to music and reduce pain?
Upon turning on music, our brain reacts to it and stimulate the central nervous system, which releases the body’s natural painkillers endorphin and impacts our endocrine, autonomic, and immune activity. Music activates our limbic system, the “emotional brain,” thereby leading to the experience of a broad range of music-evoked emotions, memories, and the senses. The increased levels of brain chemical dopamine due to the effect of music produces feelings of enjoyment, and substance P, which eases the pain and discomfort we feel.
How does music therapy work?
Music is no magic to ward off joint pain as soon as you listen to it. Consistency is the key in it. Music therapy needs continuous sessions and patience for treating joint pain. It slowly and gradually works on our pain to reduce it to zero.
Music therapy is also said to have the ability to stop the area of the brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for bringing forth negative emotions such as stress. Music influences our sleep cycles, moods, and other factors that contribute to a range of physical and emotional benefits. Therefore, when in pain, listening to music can distract us from pain, working as self-medication just like deep breathing and relaxation.
What type of music is suitable for joint pain relief?
There is no specific music for joint pain relief. Any music you personally like to listen all the time or that which makes you feel good, happy, and calm, can work for you. Although classical music has been found useful in easing pain from chronic osteoarthritis, for some, soft melodies, instrumental, even heavy metal or rock music brings down the sensation of pain because it is the brain’s reaction to music that makes the difference and not just the music.
Create your own playlist to battle pain. Listen to it whenever pain encounters or anytime you like. Make sure the music you are listening to is not extremely emotional, sad, or one that can bring up many negative memories for you as it can rev up your nervous system. Concentrate on your breathing and heart rate and try to synchronize your heartbeat to the beat of the music, deep breath, relax, and enjoy the music.
The benefits of music therapy are numerous like it relieves stress, relaxes our nerves and muscles, enhances our mood, reduces depression and anxiety, promotes faster healing, etc. but, music as a joint pain treatment is something epic and compelling. You can also combine it with electrotherapy device like SONICTENS, Combo3 Plus or US 111 as a home remedy for joint pain for a better, faster, natural and permanent relief.
Knee, back, neck, shoulder, leg, we encounter pain in every other joint of our body, almost every day. And what do we do? Apply a pain relief gel, cream or spray or take a painkiller and let it go. But, does the joint pain really go away? No, and it never will.
Pain in the joints is not something to be taken lightly. Experimenting with different joint pain treatment methods and delaying proper and right treatment will only make it worse. Avoiding joint pain can even make you lose the range of motion of your joints. Scary, but it is the truth. Then, what can be done to protect your joints and keep them in good shape? The answer is nothing, but we all know – “Exercise.”
The common questions that arise upon hearing the word exercise are, “whether it is safe to exercise when in pain?” or “how to exercise when the joints are aching, won’t it worsen further?” No, in fact, the more you keep your joints unused, the sooner you will become incapable of moving them at all.
Take a look at the benefits of exercises for joint pain, and you will know.
Joint pain exercises;
● Make the joints flexible and strong.
● Aids in losing weight which means less pressure on the joints.
● Help relieve pain and joint stiffness.
● Improve joint function and range of motion.
● Stimulate the blood flow into the joints.
● Give more energy to get through the day
● Strengthen the bones and muscles.
● Make it easier to get a good night’s sleep and to stay in a good mood.
We understand that when chronic joint pain and stiffness conquer the joints, even the thought of getting up and moving feels painful. But, no joint pain can be defeated sitting on a couch. Don’t freak out as to keep your joints healthy and active; you don’t need to run a marathon in a day, the below-mentioned few simple exercises are enough.
Water supports our body weight and lifts the strain off painful joints allowing us to move them more fluidly. Hence swimming, water aerobics, and other gentle water exercises are good for joint pain relief. They increase flexibility, range of motion, strength, and aerobic conditioning; they even help in weight control, boost mood, and improve sleep; in short, it is suitable for overall health.
2. Strength training
With time our joint become weak; hence, it is necessary to keep them healthy by practicing strength training exercises. There are various joint strengthening exercises that you can easily practice every day without any help.
A low-impact activity, Pilates, is apt for people living with arthritis. Pilates stabilizes the joints and focuses on strengthening and improving control of muscles around them. These low-impact arthritis exercises can ease pressure on your hips and other joints.
Need not to say; walking is something we do every day, all the time. It is free, simple, need no training, and is very much beneficial. You can do it almost anywhere. Walking not just ease the stress and pain in the joints, it also helps in losing extra pounds, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep blood pressure in check, lift your mood, and lower your risk for several diseases. A well-fitting and supportive pair of shoes is all you need to get started. Start with walking for about 10-15 minutes at a time and slowly walk farther and faster, until you’re walking for 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week.
5. Homely activities
There are various ways to make your joints fit, strong, and active at home only. Start your joint pain treatment at home by getting engaged in gardening, cycling, yoga, tai chi, house cleaning, etc.
In a nutshell
Whatever the joint pain causes may be or whatever the joint you are facing discomfort with, keeping them active is the best solution to alleviate the pain, stiffness, soreness, and swelling out of it. Just, start slow, hydrate, don’t overdo, take rest, relax, and use electrotherapy machine – SONICTENS to keep joint pain at bay.
Believe it or not, our neck hurts almost every day with us ignoring it all the time. Actually, most of the time, it’s our actions that are inviting neck pain. But then, every painful condition can be prevented.
In the present times, our daily activities include staring into a desktop/laptop for long hours at job or home, scrolling our mobile screen, carrying out household and other chores all the time, and sleep late at night, that’s it. You can guess how much stress our neck joint undergo daily. Henceforth, pain in the neck is a common condition today.
Of course, there are other neck pain causes apart from our lifestyle habits like an injury or trauma, cervical spondylosis, lumbar spondylosis, trapezitis, whiplash or a sudden jolt, sprain or strain during sports, degeneration or wear and tear due to arthritis or old age, etc. but, let’s see how you can prevent chronic neck pain with few simple preventive measures.
Your sleeping position, mattress, pillow, everything contributes to neck pain. Sleeping on the back is generally considered best for the spine, but for the neck, place a pillow under each arm to take the strain off it. If you have the habit of sleeping sideways, place a pillow of around 4 to 6 inches thick, depending on the density of the pillow material and the distance between the neck and point of the shoulder to prevent your head and neck from turning or bending unnaturally to either side.
1. Neck pain from the pillow is awful
Use a pillow that maintains and supports the natural curve of your neck to avoid it. Use a flat or an orthopedic pillow that has a more profound depression where the head lies and provides extra support under the neck. If comfortable, sit in a recliner, or buy an adjustable bed where you can keep the upper part of the body at an incline and use a small or relatively flat pillow.
2. Tech-neck tips
Yes, you heard it right, tech-neck is what majority of us suffer from today. Working on a computer or at a desk all day, mobile usage, lesser breaks, all these causes neck pain and stiffness. Well, you can avoid that by making a few changes. Use a chair with a headrest and adjust it at a proper height to prevent yourself from looking down with your neck flexed forward. Adjust your keyboard and monitor as well. If using a laptop, place it at an eye-level position. No matter how comfortable your office chair posture is, get up and move. Perform neck stretches for pain relief.
While using mobile or tablet, hold it close to eye level to avoid sloping your head forward or bending your neck down. Buy a holder to give rest to your arms and to elevate your device. Use headset, earbuds, or speakerphone to speak rather than keeping phone between your ear and neck.
3. Lifestyle tips
Keep your neck muscles in good shape by practicing neck pain exercises regularly. Never ignore your neck pain as minor aches can be warning signs of something big. Drink enough water and hydrate the discs—the porous structures that lie between the vertebrae in your neck. Never carry uneven weight on your shoulders as it will cause both neck and shoulder pain. Wear seatbelt to prevent whiplash.
There are differences in neck pain too. Make sure you take the right treatment. For example, the neck on the left side indicates inflammation, muscle strain, a pinched nerve, while neck pain on the right side means degeneration or wear and tear, bad sleeping position, etc. Whatever the cause may use electrotherapy device called SONICTENS for natural neck pain treatment.
Making small changes can prevent your neck pain from turning chronic. Keeping your phone away as maximum as possible, taking breaks, exercising, and relaxing is the least you can do to keep your neck joint hale and hearty.
The way how the parts of a human body are connected internally is indeed fascinating. They are so interlinked with each other that if one suffers from pain or discomfort, the others too start feeling the same. Take our joints, for example. Pain in the shoulder joint can even induce pain in the neck, back, arms, and so on. Hence, it is necessary to treat the root cause of pain to prevent others from aching.
Our shoulder joint is no different from others. In fact, it is one of the most complex joints in the human body, having a combination of several bones, tendons, and muscles. The ball-and-socket joint called shoulder that allows our arm to move in a various range of motion, surprisingly, has no bony connection to the rest of the skeleton hence is the most unstable one.
Long-sitting job, poor posture, hardcore exercises, lifting heavy weights, an injury, dislocation, frozen shoulder, bicipital tendinitis, rotator cuff injury, cervical radiculopathy, osteoarthritis, etc. build up the tension in our shoulder joint which if not released can trigger shoulder pain and stiffness. Here are a few simple stiff shoulder exercises that will help release the tightness of your shoulder as well as the neck joint.
1. Shoulder rolls
● Sit or stand, keeping your back straight.
● Breathe in and slowly lift your shoulders toward the ears.
● Move the shoulders back, squeezing the shoulder blades together.
● Hold here for a few seconds and slowly lower your shoulders back down.
● Reverse and repeat.
2. Cross-arm stretch
● Bring your left arm up to your chest level.
● Bend the left arm at the elbow & grab your left arm by your right hand.
● Stretch out to your shoulder and hold for 30 seconds.
● Repeat on the other side and relax.
3. Cat-cow Pose
● Position your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips.
● Inhale and fill your belly with air and drop it down as you look up at the ceiling, lifting your chin and chest.
● As you exhale, engage your abdominals, tuck your chin into your chest, and round your spine.
● Inhale and come back to the cow pose, and exhale and return to the cat pose.
● Repeat this a few times paying attention to your shoulders.
4. Ear to shoulder
● Sit with a straight spine and slowly lean your head toward your right shoulder.
● Try to go as far as possible without straining or lifting your left shoulder.
● Use your right hand to deepen the stretch and to pull your head down gently.
● Hold for a few seconds and repeat on the opposite side.
5. T, Y, and I movements
● Stand with your back to a wall and palms facing out.
● Slowly bring your arms up to make a T shape, keeping your arms and back in contact with the wall.
● Now continue bringing your arms up to make a Y shape and lastly an I shape, touching your thumbs overhead.
● Focus on keeping your shoulder blades flat against the wall (not allowing them to stick out or wing).
● Hold each shape for few seconds and repeat.
In a nutshell
Shoulder stretches have numerous potential health benefits because when a muscle stretches, its fibers and the surrounding fascia, or bands of connective tissue, extend to full length. By releasing the tension of your tight shoulders, you will improve their mobility, reduce stress and relieve pain, lessen the risk of muscle and joint injury, and improve your posture. Moreover, shoulder stretching exercises also enhance the function of the neck as well as the arms. Ins short, regular practice of stiff shoulder exercises along with the use of electrotherapy device like SONICTENS can keep your shoulders smooth and flexible.
Almost all of us are living with at least one chronic pain condition. Chronic pain interrupts with the daily routine so severely that life becomes depressing for those living with it. We came across one such painful case which we are sharing with you that shows how any chronic pain can be conquered naturally.
Case Study – Overview of Chronic Low Back Pain
Low Back Pain is one of the leading chronic pain complaints encountered by physical therapists worldwide. Various causes of back pain have been reported among which, back pain due to prolonged sitting hours is the commonest due to the highest rate of sedentary desk job of people. While inactive lifestyle, any severe back disorders, a side effect of any other health conditions, injury, or trauma, are the other reasons for lower back pain. Following is a case study of Chronic Lower Back Pain (CLBP) that is proof of how one can overcome chronic pain.
A 30-year-old male was diagnosed with CLBP who had no history of any chronic disease or condition or injury. When asked about lifestyle, he said, “10 to 7 desk jobs, traveling for work, irregular gym visits, and late night sleep.” There is no doubt how he developed chronic pain in the lower back. He weighs about 88 pounds and hardly works out. He often takes painkillers to get rid of sharp pain in the lower back to avoid taking leave from work. Troubled with back pain for over a year, he experimented different treatment methods to anyhow put an end to it.
His tests revealed degenerative changes in the lumbar spine, predominantly at L1 and L3. Disc projection was noted at L4-L5 with grade 1 spondylolisthesis.
Meloxicam (anti-inflammatory) and Tramadol (weak opioid analgesic), were prescribed to him.
Due to CLBP, he experienced notable functional limitations daily like bending, lifting, or any other kind of trunk movements. The constant pain affected his work and behavior. He used to lose his control quickly and was often moody and irritated. He was banned from driving a vehicle by his doctor. He feared about disability and becoming permanently bedridden.
How SONICTENS helped?
Tired and on the verge of depression, he came across UltraCare PRO’s electrotherapy devices online. After going through a bunch of positive reviews about its products on Amazon, Flipkart and all and reading about the electrotherapy itself, he decided to go for it.
SONICTENS, a sleek and simple electrotherapy machine that is a combination of two very well-known treatment modalities, ‘Therapeutic Ultrasound’ and ‘TENS ( Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) therapy, has proven its worth in treating several chronic pains and discomforts. Unlike two individual products – ultrasound machine and TENS unit, SONICTENS gives you both in one easy-to-carry device. Recommended even by pain specialists and physiotherapists, the combined treatment of SONICTENS promotes faster healing, safely, and naturally, without any side effects.
The therapeutic ultrasound waves of ultrasound therapy produce a deep heating sensation that accelerates the healing process by stimulating the blood and oxygen flow towards the painful area. While, the TENS unit in it generates gentle massaging electrical impulses that travel via electrodes placed on the affected area, blocking the pain signals from reaching the brain and helping the body to heal itself naturally by increasing the production of the body’s natural pain killer, endorphins.
After bringing SONICTENS home, he started his back pain treatment regularly and even carried it to his work due to its portability. Within a week he started seeing a notable difference in his back pain which he hasn’t felt in a year. The sharp pain which made him difficult to sit at work or forced him to take a painkiller started reducing and within a month, back pain was almost a guest visitor for him.
No more back pain
He started driving which he loved the most
He can bend or lift and even dance around freely
No more anxiety, fear or depression
He feels relaxed at the end of the day and hence sleeps well.
Chronic pain is not something one has to live with forever. It is treatable with capable electrotherapy machines like SONICTENS and others. Like him, you too can end your chronic suffering; you just need to take the step.
Going weak in the knees appears to be a good idea only in a romantic situation, other than that, it is a matter of concern.
Week knee is like an invitation for an injury. A slight carelessness or overload and you are done. And if you think that only the constant overuse of knee joint can make it go weak then guess what, even underused can trigger pain in the knee joint. Surprised, well, there are other reasons that cause weakness in the knee joint, and they are; weak – glutes, calves, and quadriceps.
Hence, it is essential to strengthening the muscles around the knee accurately, the quadriceps and hamstrings as they are the ones who keep the knees stable and healthy for an extended period.
Our knees are already equipped with natural shock absorbers called cartilages, but, that doesn’t mean you can do anything, and your knees will be safe. Any excess strain on them can wear them out, causing knee osteoarthritis. Also, if you are staying immobile for a very long time, your muscles will become stiff, and your knees will hurt. So then, what to do? Well, there are some knee strengthening exercises that can help strengthen the muscles around the knees, enough to keep you going for a long time. Let’s see which are they.
Benefits of knee strengthening exercises
For people living with knee arthritis, knee pain exercises are a must because they cause pain reduction, improve the range of motion and function, makes the cartilage healthier, in short, keep them young and fit.
Some knee care tips
Medical science is continuously finding solutions to help us live a pain-free life. A lot of painkilling medications have been discovered in the form of tablets, steroidal drugs, injections, creams, sprays, and others to make the pain go away at the very instant. It is indeed a great thing but does the pain really go away?
Analgesics (an-al-gee-sics), the medical name for painkillers, are the medicines made to control pain, reduce fever, and even decrease inflammation. Different types of painkillers are available today which serve more than one purpose. There are;
Over the counter painkillers: aspirin, acetaminophen, paracetamol
Anti-inflammatory drugs: Also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen
Compound painkillers: A combination of two different painkilling ingredients into one, such as caffeine, oxycodone.
Opioid painkillers: Drugs that are available only on prescription like codeine, tramadol, and morphine.
Painkillers are so readily available in medical stores that people are misusing it by buying it without any prescriptions and popping them in whenever they are in pain. While they do help in relieving the pain, they also induce specific side effects in our body that can cause acute to even chronic damage. Here are some side effects of consuming painkillers;
Natural Therapies – Alternative Treatment Methods
Natural therapy is a range of alternative medical techniques and remedies to treat any physical illness or disorders using natural ingredients and methods, without invading or causing any side effects, and promoting self-healing for the body to heal quickly and easily.
Since chronic pain takes quite long to go away, popping some painkillers is not the only solution to treat it because most of them reduce or kill the pain for a short period only. They hardly work on the root cause to give permanent relief. But worry not, nature and our own body have the solution for all problems.
For natural pain relief, you need to look around as there are a few plants and herbs that possess the ability to reduce or even kill the pain for well and good, like; Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cloves, Turmeric, Ginger, Capsaicin, Valerian root, etc. Each has pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects that help our body’s natural ability in healing itself.
There are also certain natural pain remedies that are non-invasive, readily available, effective, and free from side-effects like;
Also known as traditional Chinese medicine, it is a way of releasing the blocked life energies from one’s body that is causing pain or discomfort.
Mindful meditation, breathing exercises, joint strengthening yoga poses, are known to be other natural pain remedies that help our body heal on its own without any harmful effects.
The more you are physically active, the less you will be in pain. It is absolutely true. Regular exercising will keep your joints and your internal organs going on smoothly.
Ice and Heat Therapy
The primary treatment for any pain and discomfort is this natural therapy. Icing or heating the affected area stimulates the blood flow, release the tension accumulated, and relaxes the muscles of the affected area like nothing else.
Physical therapy is the best known, safest, and 100% natural therapy that anyone can try even at their home. With the invention of electrotherapy machines like SONICTENS, US111 or COMBO3 PLUS, chronic pain can now be treated permanently without any side or after effects of it.
Never try to treat yourself using painkillers. Avoid taking any painkillers for a long time even if it is prescribed as they can do more harm with time than you have ever imagined.
Usually, a runner or any sportsperson or even a common man who is busy rushing with daily errands, whose Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the body, is being used continuously, are the ones who become the prey of Achilles Tendonitis.
A confusing pain that affects the Achilles tendon, a tight band of fibrous tissue that joins the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus) and runs down the back of the lower leg, which is the origin of the pain, also makes the hip joint hurt severely. Hence, it becomes often difficult to figure out what is hurting, whether it is the heel or hip?
Athletes have a lot of unstable movement patterns that increase the risk of getting their joints injured. Since our joints are connected in some way, when the Achilles tendons become inflamed due to their overuse, they can create instability in the hip joint, making it weak, stiff, or painful. The hip mechanics of any one of us can get disturbed upon putting an extra strain on our lower leg or the hip joint.
Cause of Achilles Pain That Can Affect Hip Joint
Undoubtedly runners, gymnasts, dancers, other sports players are more prone to develop Achilles tendon pain due to their quick changes of motion, other possible reasons are;
Achilles’ pain increases with time. It starts slowly in the Achilles’ tendons spreading all over to the leg muscles up to the hip joint. With time the hip hurts continually making it difficult to sit or move around.
Achilles Pain Home Remedies
Pain in Achilles is treatable. There are precise Achilles pain treatment methods that need no involvement of any medical expertise, are non-invasive and can be carried out by anyone at home like;
Knee hug to hip-flexor stretch – Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and slowly bring your left knee up and towards your chest. Grab the knee with both your hands and pull it in as close as you can into your chest. Hold this stretch for 20 to 40 seconds and release. Next, kneel on your right knee slowly taking your left foot backward, giving it a good stretch. Return to start and repeat on the other side.
Spider man stretch – Take the push up position. Bend your right knee and place your right foot flat on the floor, outside your right hand, keeping your left leg straight. Return to start and repeat on the left side.
Seated Stretch – Sit upright in a chair. Bring your right ankle to rest just above your left knee, keeping your right knee open. Rest your hands on your shin, and lean your torso forward to deepen the stretch. Return to start and repeat on the left leg.
Achilles’ tendonitis pain can be prevented by taking some precautionary measures like; shuffling exercises between high-impact and low-impact aerobics, wearing correct shoes that support the arch and protect the heel well and above all, taking it slows in whatever you are doing.
Not everyone opens up about chronic pain. It takes enough courage to share the pain one feels. Lady Gaga, an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer, and fashion designer, is among the few who recently shared her painful story in one of an interview with Arthritis Magazine.
Lady Gaga was in news for canceling a lot of shows complaining about agonizing and severe physical pain. Being a celebrity when people began to question about her condition considering it as publicity, the 33-year-old pop star revealed in the October issue of Vogue about her ongoing battle with fibromyalgia syndrome, a condition that affects the nervous system and causes pain throughout the body.
Although the causes of fibromyalgia remain unknown, Gaga links it to her traumatic event five years ago during the Born This Way Ball world tour in 2012 which abruptly ended in 2013 when she broke her hip while performing Atop so severely it was almost beyond repair.
When her MRI were done, it was revealed that there was a hole of about quarter a size in her hip and her cartilage was hanging out lose the other side of my hip. She also had a tear on the inside of her hip joint and a massive breakage. If she had continued with her show, she might have needed a full hip replacement surgery.
But, Gaga did not let hip pain stop her from continuing what she loves to do the most. In spite of suffering from Fibromyalgia, a chronic centralized pain sensitivity syndrome that causes long-lasting, head to toe pain in the muscles and joints, she did not let herself sulk into depression. She fought back with her confidence and her passion for music.
Inspired by her spirit, a behind-the-scenes Netflix documentary was released titled “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” where she shares everything about her five-year-long hip injury. She discusses how people with fibromyalgia are often taken lightly, thinking that the pain is all in their head. “People need to be more compassionate. Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel.” she said.
Even after 5 years she still experiences severe pain from fibromyalgia and often deals with tension in the abdomen, shoulder, neck, muscles, and intestines, as it shoots through her entire body, from her toes to her face.
Hip Pain and FIbromyalgia
Hip pain is one of the many symptoms of fibromyalgia. But, there can be various hip pain causes responsible for the discomfort in the hip joint like sciatica, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, muscle strain or tear and just like Gaga’s, trauma or injury in it.
Hip Pain Remedies
Be it Fibromyalgia or any other hip pain causes; treatment is required timely to avert any further consequences. Medicines and steroids are helpful to some extent because as soon as their effect wears off, the pain resides. For which, practicing hip pain exercises is one of the recommended treatment methods for getting relief from hip pain.
But, nothing can match up to the physical therapy. As a part of it, electrotherapy has designed some best machines that can work wonders on any kind of pain. SONICTENS is one such pain management device that anyone can get started with it without any professional guidance. It is a combination of two most proven electrotherapies for pain relief – Ultrasound with TENS – into one compact and sleek device. The electrical impulses and its deep heating ability, together, increase the endorphin -the body’s natural painkiller in the body, thus accelerating the recovery process easily without any side-effects or pain.
While the other hip pain treatment methods such as hip pain stretches and exercises, one must continue doing along with electrotherapy for best results.
Although it may sound weird, our joints do have an odd connection with the weather. You might have heard your grandparents predicting the onset of monsoon when their joints start aching. You may laugh it out, but surprisingly they are right.
Arthritis and weather do have a lot to do with each other. As soon as the weather starts changing after the scorching heat of summer, even our joints start feeling different. And for someone having arthritis or any joint-related condition, cloudy weather is no less than a nightmare.
How does weather affect joints? How can joint aches indicate the arrival of monsoon? What is the science behind it? Let’s understand all.
Weather and Joint Pain
During the rainy season, the old joint pains, injury pains, stiffness, and swelling, all flare up more than usual due to barometric pressure changes. Barometric pressure or the pressure of the air is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us.
When the pressure is higher, it prevents the tissues in our body from expanding, and when the weather becomes cold and humid, the pressure lowers causing the tissues to expand, forming a higher pressure on the joints. As the cartilage that cushions the joint wears out with time in people living with osteoarthritis, the sensory nerves called baroreceptors in their exposed bones pick up the changes in pressure and trigger joint pain.
Humidity and Arthritis
Another reason why joint pain aggravates during the rainy season is because of high humidity. High levels of humidity cause sweating and dehydration, which in turn make blood thicker, increasing blood pressure in the blood vessels. Thus, our body has to make extra effort to pump blood throughout. They also decrease the concentration of fluid around the joints making it stiffer even to move around.
How to Overcome Weather-related Joint Pain?
Resting is good for joint pain but not too much. Move around indoors and practice strengthening and stretching exercises to make the muscles reliable and flexible and also to have the blood circulation keep going.
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated as humidity can cause extreme dehydration.
Swimming is an excellent exercise for people living with arthritis. Loosen up your joint muscles by taking laps in an indoor pool.
Keep yourself warm. Take warm showers or baths, dress in layers during the day as cold weather conditions during the monsoon season can worsen joint conditions.
Give your joints a good warm oil massage. Combine olive oil with few crushed garlic and cloves, warm it up and massage on the affected area.
Have a nutritious diet and get enough sleep.