How are you feeling Mrs. Jones?
Well, I just feel achy all over. It must be the weather.”
This is a common complaint I hear, especially this time of year.
Is there truth to the notion that weather has anything to do with our pain?
Well it seems that there might be.
My observations are that when there is a rapid change in the weather or barometric pressure, there will be more complaints about pain. In particular, changes from hot to cold, and a drop in barometric pressure seem to be worse. The 2 most common complaints that I hear in relation to the weather are: joint pain and headaches. However sometimes there is just general overall ‘aches’.
There is not clear scientific evidence on this topic but there may be some validity to the effect of changes in barometric pressure. This makes sense when it comes to joint pain because our joints are generally a ‘closed system’ which would make them more subject to outside pressure changes. When it comes to the damp and cold weather theory, there is no clear evidence.
Even though this is a very common complaint, there seems to be very little acknowledgment of this problem in western medicine. In fact, people may even be embarrassed to suggest to their doctor that the weather has anything to do with their pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine on the other hand fully recognizes this as a problem. In fact there is a clear-cut association to the ‘exterior elements’ which are heat, cold, wind etc. and their negative effects on our bodies in Chinese medicine, as well as other ancient forms of healing.
If this is the case, what is the solution?
Well the simple solution is to avoid weather changes! Of course, this not being possible, we can make efforts to avoid over-exposure. Dressing appropriately for the weather, avoiding drafts, even eating warmer foods during cold weather and cool foods during warm weather may help.
Chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture can all be very effective therapies for the management of pain. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we’re here to help you, no matter the weather! 519-258-8544