Lots of our clients often tell us that they experience more aches and pains during the Winter months.
However, does this actually happen? It does…. and there are some good reasons as to why this occurs. The cooler weather can increase the level of pain that you may be suffering from, for example, Arthritis sufferers feel a significant increase in their symptoms, with different parts of the body becoming more stiff and sore during Winter.
There are various explanations as to why this occurs, studies reveal some reasons behind this.
Barometric (air pressure) and temperature drops affect tissue elasticity and mobility
When the temperature and air pressure drops, changes in the elasticity and mobility of connective tissue properties occur. The drop in temperature can affect joint capsules and ligamentous tissues. Making them less agile, this can lead to stiffness and an escalation in joint pain. Wearing lots of warm layers and using heat packs, can help to alleviate this.
We’re less active due to wet and windy weather
Throughout Winter wild and wooly weather stops us from exercising outdoors because it’s cold we’re tempted to stay in bed rather than taking part in exercise classes. Instead of heading outdoors in our lunch break, we would prefer to stay indoors so that we can escape the cold weather.
To avoid arthritic joint pain, it’s important that we exercise and keep moving during Winter. If you’re experiencing more aches and pains than you normally do, it may be a sign that you need to do some exercise. Maintaining your regular exercise routine during the Winter months is one of the most productive things that you can do.
Physio Group Exercise can relieve Winter stiffness
You may be suffering from muscle stiffness or tightness during the Winter months due to muscle weakness again caused by inactivity and loss of strength resulting in your muscles becoming fatigued more quickly. Strengthening your muscles with a graduated resistance program will help to relieve this problem, reducing fatigue. . .
Taking part in Physio Group Exercise classes will help you to achieve this; it’s a moderate form of resistance exercise that improves your overall body strength, Core (deep abdominal and back) muscle strength. As well as improving your posture, body awareness and flexibility.
Our Physios are able to develop a Physio Group Exercise program to suit your specific needs and capabilities, helping to keep you moving during the cold Winter months. Press this link to find your nearest location.
Beat the winter blues by addressing these issues and get some specific advice by getting in contact with your Physio today.