Can it be the cold weather that’s causing your back pain? Grandma predicting a storm due to aching joints and back pain … is it real, or simply an old wives’ tale?
Is there a true connection between back pain and cold weather? Science is yet to identify the reason why back pain is aggravated during the cold winter months. However, a large research study published in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health states that people working in lower temperatures reported higher incidences of back pain compared to those working in warmer temperatures. There’s no debate around the fact that it is real, you are not alone.
So, in short, one thing that we do know is that cold weather cause the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine to tighten. When it’s cold there is less blood flow to these parts and they become naturally stiff, placing extra strain on your back. Also, shivering is another typical response to a decrease in temperature. It helps the body to produce heat naturally, but can also leave muscles feeling stiff and achy – even if it is subtle or undetected.
Back pain can be crippling and debilitating. It decreases mobility and makes every day activities hard to perform. It affects your mood, concentration levels, appetite, and can even prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Remember, daily back or neck pain is not normal. If this is something you’re experiencing, it may be time to get in touch with a medical practitioner.
Keep warm – it’s cold out there!
Source: pereaclinic.com, flushinghospital.org, fraserhouseclinic.co.za, petrozziwellness.com.au, spineuniverse.com, backinmotion.com, wignall-kennedy.com, laspine.com, brainspinesurgery.com, thespinehealthinstitute.com, betterhealthalaska.com
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