Ever wonder why people with arthritis hate cold days, or why joint pain flares up when you’ve been doing everything to keep the pain down. Well climate and weather have a lot to do with how your body responds to injury. Scientists will tell you that a bar of iron is not exactly the same bar of iron when the temperature is 0 degrees C than it is at room temperature. Take the temperature up high enough and the bar becomes liquid. Freeze it again and now the bar is nothing like it was before it melted. In the presence of cold temperatures molecules tend to gather more closely together and when heat is applied the tend to vibrate and the molecules tend to move away from each other. In other words things tend to contract to cold and expand in the presence of heat. This is true of muscles as well.
At the beginning of this year, three of my cousins and I took a trip across the country, stopping by in the grand canyon. When we reached the scenic area I noticed my bag of Lays potato chips had blown up as if it had been inflated. The reason for this is that as we got higher and higher in altitude the atmospheric pressure drops and this difference between the outside and the inside of the bag of chips was enough to blow up the chips. Without realizing this, atmospheric pressure has an affect on your muscles as well. This is important to note because the pressure in meteorology is an important factor in humidity.
Lately we have experienced fluctuating weather patterns. Not just locally but all over the world. Unusual tidal waves, earthquakes (NYC), increasing magnitude of hurricanes and tornadoes have been experienced throughout the world. More than ever we share a global climate, and the global climate has not been stable. Whether or not his is a result of global warming seems to be more and more of a political debate and a result of belief systems. But what is obvious is that the climate has been going from one extreme to another.
These unstable fluctuations of polar opposites can take it’s toll on muscle sprain/strains, fibromyalgia, joint pain, can increase the intensity and amount of headaches. For a person without injury or chronic pain that can mean unusally tight musculature, neck mid and low back subluxations, increased neck and shoulder pain, malaise, and fatigue. For a person with any injury whether it be caused by a car accident, sports trauma, chronic condition or otherwise, the weather can play an important factor in day to day pain managament.
So if you’re wondering why your carpal tunnel syndrome has been giving you more pain lately you may want to consider the factor that weather plays on your muscles.