Spring is just around the corner but we’re still having some cold days. Lots of people complain about body aches and pains. Is this a legitimate health concern?
Oftentimes when weather changes, people’s injuries or joints tend to ache a little bit more. If you happen to have any precursor to arthritis or already have arthritis, that’s when we hear a lot of people complain that their joints are stiff, and that they tend to have more pain when they first start moving. Oftentimes, that’s pretty typical. Usually, when we’re a little older or have more injury, we’ll feel it a little bit more.
During the winter we tend to be more sedentary. The first couple of movements when we get up out of a chair or when we’re getting out of bed, that tends to be when it’s the most sore. Also with the cold, sometimes our joints just have a little bit less elasticity and the fact that we’re colder. When things are warmed up, they tend to have better stretch, and they don’t bind up on us as much. So we recommend that oftentimes it’s just gentle, active motion.
If your knee hurts, bend your knee back and forth before you stand up and get up. If you’re having trouble moving or gripping something with your hands, we ask that you just open and close your hands a little bit before you actually go to grab something. It’s things like that, that will help our bodies get a little bit more active and less sore.
If we’re sitting, for instance, at the computer all day chances are your shoulders have been kind of creeping up and you have kind of been tensing your whole body up just because you’re cold, sore, tired, and stiff. So we recommend, actually, to relax your shoulders, try and get your body to move a little bit more, and spend less static time doing whatever it is that we’re doing. Oftentimes, we hear people complaining by spending too much at the computer, and we don’t break it up as much. Truly, the gentle motion before you try and move and do something more aggressive is the best key for that.