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Flinching in the rain

With cold, wet weather and the change in temperatures it is not uncommon for many of us to suffer from bone or joint pain. In fact, we’re often even able to predict the rains from the aches in our joints. Although research has so far produced contradictory results, there is growing scientific evidence which proves that the cold and wet weather and changes in atmospheric pressure can affect people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and also those who have suffered bone fractures or have lingering surgical scars.

Our bodies are made up of a variety of tissues, muscles and bones of all different densities and many of us have scarring from old wounds or fractures that have healed or maybe even set badly. In these cases, changes in atmospheric pressure can affect us. This does not translate into deterioration in our bones or joints just because of a change in the weather, but it does mean that everything tends to contract and this change is picked up by our nerve receptors, which, in turn transmit pain impulses to the brain.

To alleviate some of these aches and pains, professionals advise doing some gentle stretches and applying dry heat to the affected area. In case of intense pain, and always under medical supervision, take painkillers or anti-inflammatories.

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