Here at Total Restore Physiotherapy, a lot of our clients come to us complaining of aches and pains during the colder seasons. Many clients feel that the cold weather creates or exacerbates their joint and muscle pains, particularly in the knees, hips and lower back.
You may find, that as the weather gets colder (which you will be very aware of if you live in Manchester) you may experience more aches, pains and may even feel more stiff. The cold weather can affect our musculoskeletal system in many ways, causing tightness throughout the body, can make you more sensitive to pain, cause nerves to become pinched or irritated and increase the risk of injury.
There is no clear explanation for why a drop in the temperature affects our musculoskeletal systems. One theory relates to drops in barometric temperatures which causes tendons, muscles and other tissues to expand. Due to the confined space within the body, this can cause pain. People with certain conditions such as arthritis, a bursitis or tendinopathies can be more prone to experiencing aches and pain in cold weather conditions.
So how can you avoid these aches and pains?
- Ease shock of the cold weather by wrapping up and keeping warm
- Be sure to complete an efficient warm up before completing any physical activity
- Try gentle stretching/ mobilisation before going out into the cold
- Apply heat packs to painful or tight areas and/or have frequent warm showers or baths.
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the stress on the joints.
- Stay active and exercise regularly
- Drink plenty of water
- Get a good nights’ sleep
- Speak to a healthcare professional regarding beneficial natural supplements during the winter months, such as Arnica gel for sore and stiff muscles and joints, Devil’s claw for joint and muscle pain, Magnesium for helping to reduce inflammation and Vitamin D to keep your bones and muscles healthy.
- See a Physiotherapist!
If you are feeling any musculoskeletal aches and pains, you will most likely benefit from receiving physiotherapy. At Total Restore Physiotherapy, we recommend that if you have pain that’s been present for more than a week, it’s advisable to see a physiotherapist.
At Total Restore, we offer tailored treatment programmes to ensure that we deliver the fastest possible results and get you back to your best quickly. If you’re based in Manchester, call to book to speak with one of our therapists on 0161 833 3008.