There have been various claims that the weather can affect joint pain in the body, but new research seems to suggest that this is erroneous. Although it's always good to pay attention to how your body's feeling, linking pain to weather patterns could end up doing you more harm than good.
The New York Daily News recently spoke to Dr. Chris Maher of the George Institute for Global Health. Maher was part of a survey looking at the relationship between reports of pain and changes in weather. Despite protests from some, Maher still believes that weather, including temperature, does not affect the body this way and told the source as much.
He said that the desire to try and find some sort of meaning from apparent connections "can have a benefit, and is how our knowledge about the world arises." However, the "problem is people are fallible and can get it wrong. In the case of inclement weather triggering aches and pains, it is time to let go of that belief."
"Linking pain to weather patterns could end up doing you more harm than good."
However, it's important to note that just because there's no physical link between weather and pain doesn't mean that the type of day it is outside won't affect you psychologically.
A good day could potentially convince you that you have less pain than you do, and a bad day outside could keep you inside, prevent you from exercising or generally inspire you to be sluggish. In time, these are obviously possible factors for health, so there is an incentive to take the weather somewhat seriously.
Couple good lifestyle choices with the help of a skilled care expert, since genuine medical knowledge can help you avoid misconceptions. Visit us at Bronston Chiropractic and our Medical Division (aka Community care Clinic) for prevention, treatment and guidance.