4 Tips for Managing Chronic Pain in Cold Weather
Here at To Better DaysTM we are interested in all things Chronic Pain and Vitamin D. We are committed to continually researching these topics as well as publishing content that can be of interest to those experiencing prolonged discomfort.
Many times, we can recognise our joint discomfort getting worse during seasonal change, but it’s important to know that there are steps that can be taken to limit this pain. We’ve compiled a small guide of four practical things you can do to help manage chronic pain in cold weather and curb those seasonal symptoms.
1: Keep Active
With conditions like chronic Arthritis, our muscles stiffen when the weather gets colder, making it more difficult to move. We know that sometimes chronic pain conditions can make it challenging to stay active, and energy levels and mood will change day to day, affecting your motivation. It is important to start slow and choose what’s right for you.
Versus Arthritis suggests to stay motivated, it’s essential to:
- Do exercise that you enjoy
- Set realistic goals – it’s normal for these goals to change as your condition changes
- Put regular time aside for exercise
Being active outside where possible has even more benefits as getting plenty of natural light can improve mental health. Remember to warm up your joints and muscles before going out in colder temperatures. Take a look at our blog: 5 Forms of Low-Impact Exercise to Keep Your Body Healthy to find some useful exercises to stay active that won’t put such a strain on your joints.
2: Stay Warm
Remember to listen to your body; it works even harder to stay warm as the seasons get colder, which can make us tire more easily and be sensitive to aches and pains. Here are some steps to keep warm:
- Purchase a winter duvet that will provide extra warmth throughout the night
- Hand and foot warmers are an excellent, low-cost investment which are easily portable
- Bring a warm blanket for periods of travel and preheat your car before setting off on a journey
- Hit two birds with one stone, relax and keep warm with a hot bath
- Be sure to layer up and dress cosy – time to dust off the winter wardrobe!
3: To Better Days Patches
Our active patches are a great alternative for people with chronic pain. Our easy to use adhesive patches contain a patented combination of vitamin D and dextrose to offer a topical and targeted option that supports the health of joints, muscles and nerves. Simply apply the patch directly to the source of discomfort for relief within hours.
- They are fast-acting
- Last for up to 24 hours
- Innovative, non-medicine alternative
- Natural Ingredients
The patches have the added benefit of allowing vitamin D and dextrose, a sugar medically known to reduce nerve pain, to target the affected area directly. Small patches are the perfect fit for those with seasonal joint pain in areas such as ankles, knees wrists. Large patches are just the right size for backs, shoulders, lower legs and thighs. We also have a trial pack available containing three large patches and six small patches, perfect for first-timers.
4: Stay Hydrated
Most of us are aware of the general benefits of drinking water – preventing kidney infections, keeping skin healthy, supporting the immune system and just keeping us going. What most of us aren’t aware of is how water can directly impact joint pain.
The NHS recommends that we drink six to -eight glasses of water a day. But are we actually drinking enough? For some six to -eight glasses of plain old water seems excessive – to increase your liquid intake try:
- Jazzing up your water by adding lime, lemon, cucumber, orange slices or even fresh mint and cinnamon
- Using low sugar squash
- Drinking tea and coffee without sugar
- Using cold infusion tea bags
Dehydration puts unnecessary stress on your joints. There is also evidence from The College of Health that a lack of hydration may make you more sensitive to pain. Drinking liquids regularly ensures that there is enough lubricant in your joints – so that your joint tissue can operate at peak performance.
We hope one (or more!) of our suggestions can be useful for you to ease those worsening pain symptoms. We have launched our new Facebook group which you can find here – a community for those of us suffering from chronic pain to share our experiences and tips on pain management. Let’s start the conversation. We are better together.
Please always consult your doctor if you notice unexpected changes in your pain level or physical condition.