Many seniors encounter joint pain throughout the year. However, with cold weather comes an added challenge: how to manage joint inflammation and achieve more comfort during the winter months. This blog post from Senior Helpers San Mateo provides some tips on how seniors can alleviate their joint pain in inclement weather.
Cold Weather Can Make Joint Pain Worse
Cold temperatures, damp weather, and windy conditions can aggravate joint issues and make existing pain much worse. Many seniors may find that cold weather, even if it is just some chilly air, sparks a flare-up of joint problems across the board. While cold air tends to shrink back muscles and tighten tendons, heat relaxes them. Humid environments can cause painful swelling in weakened joints like ankles or wrists, too. All of this puts added pressure on already struggling joints.
3 Ways Seniors Can Alleviate Joint Pain
The key to managing joint pain is to stay proactive while the weather outside isn't always so inviting. Here are three ways seniors can alleviate joint pain during cold weather:
1. Try Low-Impact Exercise
Pursue low-impact exercises on days when it's manageable to go outside—including walking, yoga, stretching, or swimming. Low-impact activities can help reduce inflammation and improve flexibility which makes joint pain more bearable during cold months. If a senior is unable to exercise due to mobility issues, looking into physical therapy might be beneficial as well.
2. Take Warm Baths and Showers
Applying warmth to stiff joints can reduce pain and restore movement. A warm bath is a great way to take the pressure off of a senior's aching joints. It can also be extremely relaxing, especially if you add some bubbles or calming bath oils. If baths are too difficult, a handheld shower head with warm water cascading over the arms and legs, followed by stretching exercises, could be beneficial as well.
3. Try Natural Remedies
There are a variety of natural remedies that can essentially help seniors with joint pain manage their discomfort. Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, and herbal remedies such as turmeric supplements or sesame oil massages may all work to reduce swelling in joints and alleviate pain. Seniors should consult a doctor or physician before taking any natural remedy or medicine.
Remain Resilient and Positive
Cold weather makes joint pain worse, but it doesn't have to stop seniors from being active and capable during the winter. If a physical task does become more difficult due to joint discomfort or mobility issues, seeking help is key. Don't hesitate to consult with your doctor for medical advice, and be open with your care provider about any symptoms that you are experiencing. Above all else, though, remain steadfast against joint pain by cultivating an optimistic outlook each day.
Senior Helpers Supports Seniors' Wellness Journeys
No one should have to suffer from unrelenting joint pain. While cold weather is particularly tricky for seniors dealing with joint issues, there are ways to manage the discomfort. Seniors who need additional help in the San Mateo, Redwood City, Burlingame, and Millbrae areas can reach out to Senior Helpers San Mateo. Our senior care providers are standing by to offer support and assistance. Contact us today to learn more!