As summer begins to come to an end, the threat of cold weather becomes more realistic while trying to dealing with chronic pain. Many people dealing with chronic pain have shared personal experiences that colder weather affects their chronic pain in a painful way. Don’t let the coming cool fall weather affect you in a negative way—prepare yourself with a few helpful tips to keep your chronic pain at a minimal level throughout the coming colder months.
Keep warm as much as possible with the help of home therapies such as hot pads, warm towels, or over the counter products that promote heat. Applying these items as much as possible will keep your chronic pain away from the cold weather, and pain at a minimal level.
Use warm water treatment such as laying in a warm bath, swimming in a heated pool, or relaxing in a hot tub for short periods of time. Swimming in a heated pool will also keep your body moving, which is important for making sure your chronic pain problem areas don’t become stiff—leading to more unnecessary pain.
One of the most important things to remember to do during the incoming cold season is to stay active as much as possible. When the weather is cold, it is very easy to be tempted to stay inside bundled up in bed to stay warm, but that can cause more pain issues to deal with. Try to stay active as much as you can, weather it is short walks everyday outside, or longer walks a few times a week with an indoor treadmill to escape the cold.
Don’t be a victim to the cold weather! Follow these tips and continue to live a life with minimal amounts of pain as possible.
This blog is written for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please contact the APM Augusta office to schedule an appointment if you are in need of medical care.