Can You Predict the Weather?


By Sharon Lively

A cold snowy day, a good book by a crackling fire; sounds like a welcome way to spend the day to most, does it not? For those with arthritis, a cold weather day can be painful and not so welcome. Cold weather does not actually cause arthritis, but the drop in temperature and change in pressure may make an already bad condition feel worse. Not all who suffer with arthritis, are affected the same.


For those who suffer joint pain during cold weather, are there ways to survive cold weather conditions with less pain?





Those who experience joint stiffness would most likely agree that they are stiffer in the mornings when they arise and they require more time to get loosened up and ‘get going’. Why does cold weather cause some to literally feel the weather changes in a not-so-pleasant manner?



As the weather’s pressure changes, it can affect the pressure in the body’s joints. When air pressure is low, the tissues of the joint expand just like a balloon would and this puts pressure on the surrounding joint.


To help ease cold weather joint pain, it is important to stay warm.

Some suggestions:

  1. layer your clothing
  2. preheat your car
  3. keep your living area warm
  4. use an electric blanket to sleep under
  5. drink warm fluids
  6. paraffin treatments
  7.  use self heating oils such as Prosagge® , or essential oils that invigorate the area
  8. try not to gain extra winter weight as this puts more stress on the afflicted joint(s)
  9. exercise & stretch regularly, as it brings more blood to the area, and helps to lubricate the joints

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Massage Techniques

Try the simple technique below to enhance circulation for arms and shoulders using moderate pressure:

  1. Use a deep gliding stroke called effleurage from shoulder to wrist returning to shoulder
  2. Effleurage palm side of the hand from wrist to finger tips returning to wrist
  3. Use a wring motioon call petrissage starting at the shoulder and proceed to the wrist returning to the shoulder
  4. Vigorously rub with a Friction stroke across the shoulder, proceed down the top of the arm and hand, returning to the shoulder via the underside of the arm
  5. Using the same route as the friction, skin roll
  6. Finish with effleurage from shoulder to wrist and ending at the shoulder

 Please Comment!

  • Do you suffer from joint pain?
  • Do you have ways to cope with join pain?
  • If so, please share some of your remedies.

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25 thoughts on “Can You Predict the Weather?”

  1. I might be able to predict a weather change by getting a HA but not arthritic pain. I can only imagine how miserable that might be. People with this ailment probably need to accommodate themselves with extra time management just for ADLs and anything requiring movement. My husband was just saying today, “What’s the matter with this generation? They don’t wear coats!” It’s always important to protect yourself from the elements. Take it from a northerner! May all you arthritis sufferers out there get relief from keeping your joints warm and toasty and by finding yourselves a great massage therapist!

  2. I get cold all of the time and have had plenty of achy days.

    Usually, I have two space heaters in my bed room and take a hot shower to loosen my joints.

    Most importantly, I get up extra early and do 30 minutes of stretching every morning; when it is really cold outside, I layer up, wearing three hoodies and two pairs of pants.

    Drinking more water helps joints stay looser as well.

  3. I luckily do not have much joint pain. In the winter I do suffer from some joint stiffness, but usually a hot shower, or some warm air takes that stiffness right out. I will use the other techniques and suggestions for my future clients though, as I know this is a common complaint.

  4. Thank You for the great blog, This helps me out a lot, i will be telling my clients about this if they complain about arthritic pain.

  5. I do not suffer from arthritis or any joint pain. I do know a few people that do. These exercises would be great to have them do. Also, weight gain is a big contributor to joint pain and I never realized this.

  6. I don’t suffer from arthritis but I do suffer from some joint pain when the weather gets really gross. Should I get checked again?

  7. My dad has issues with his joint from the weather change, so the next time he has these problem I’ll have to modify these techniques to help his knees out! Thanks for the great blog!

  8. Great tips on techniques to reduce the painful symptoms . Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and fresh ginger do wonders for my arthritis.

  9. Very good article. People who have trouble with arthritis really suffer. These are really good tips to help make it through the winter.

  10. It’s always doing the most simple of techniques and suggestions that can really improve an individual health problems or injury’s.

    Great article!!

  11. i suffer from joint pain and inflammation that i currently take medication for. i foam roll, stretch, and perform some yoga stances everyday in the a.m. to help make me more comfortable. i will try these techniques on myself before i practice on clients.

  12. It is always a good idea if you have arthritis to stretch and use those muscles as often as possible and stop when the pain becomes too unbearable. If you are cold nature be sure to put on layers before you leave the house so that hopefully your arthritis doesn’t flair up quite as quickly as normal.

  13. My grandmother always complains of the cold weather because of her joints, she has had arthritic since before I can remember. I have just recently got to where my ankle that I had reconstructed my junior yr of high school bothers me in the cold weather.

  14. Joint pain is awful and I am just starting to have to deal with this type of thing myself as weather changes or rain is moving in. My mother has had issues with arthritis since she was in her early 30’s and I recently received my diagnoses at the age of 27. Staying warm in the winter really helps. I find that warm packs, herbal rubs containing mint and eucalyptus help also.