Can Your Joints Predict the Weather?
Everyone's got an aunt who complained that her knee or ankle pain would flare up. Or Uncle Khurana's shoulder would give him trouble and he would say, ‘Oh, the weather's changing.’ – It’s common for people to blame increased pain on weather changes, but how true is that?
The truth is that your aunt/uncle is not wrong. Blame it all on climatic changes i.e. effects of barometric pressure change on your body. Any change in pressure or the weight of the air pressing against the surface of the earth can trigger joint pain or headaches in some people. These climate changes typically consist of: the rise and fall of humidity levels, pattern changes in precipitation, and extreme temperatures.
Although research conclusions on this have been mixed, but, even if we could prove a clear and powerful impact of weather on symptoms of arthritis, how is that helpful to know? It’s not as if doctors are likely to suggest that a patient should move to a more arthritis-friendly climate. It’s even unlikely that being a joint patient you would follow such recommendation. Until we can control the weather or our internal environments with precision, new research or study results probably have little impact on arthritis sufferers.
However, identifying a link between a particular type of weather and joint symptoms might help us understand the causes and mechanisms of arthritis symptoms. And that might lead to better treatments or even preventive strategies. In addition, figuring out why some people seem to feel worse in certain circumstances while others notice no change in those same environments could help us understand subtle differences between types of arthritis or the ways individuals respond to them.
What is Barometric Pressure? How does it affect our body?
The structure called a “joint” is where two or more bones come together. It’s a complex structure that involves bone, ligaments, cartilage, and fluid. When pressure changes, the tissue swells and the fluid shifts, and that’s what causes the pain. Any joint can be affected, but weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, and ankles seem to be more affected.
The “pressure” we mentioned above is actually Barometric pressure. In simple terms, we can say, it is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us.
Imagine the tissues surrounding the joints to be like a balloon: Lower barometric pressure pushes less against the body, allowing the balloon (tissues) to expand. The expanded tissues put pressure on the joint causing pain to the arthritis patient.
You might have also experienced the similar situation sitting in a plane cabin; our feet often swell during a flight, but not while we’re seated at our desks for the
Hence, besides control the weather, which isn’t likely? Be prepared and see your doctor if you see persistent joint pain, stiffness, or swelling when it rains or shines! Arthritis is a worldwide occurrence and not something to ignore. Homeopathy has a completely different aim and approach to treat arthritis patients. It treats them on the basis of what makes the individual and his or her complaints unique – such as the nature of joint symptoms, personality, sensitivities (weather) and emotions. Among other symptoms and especially in joint disorders, homeopathy looks at the peculiarity of the direction of pain, for example, whether pain emerges from above downwards or vice versa. Homeopathy not only relieves joint pain, safely and effectively, it also improves joint health and overall wellness.
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