Joint Pain Increases in the Summer
What Is Happening?
Joint pain and body aches are commonly associated with those over 50, but as the hotter weather continues to come through, people in their 20’s and 30’s begin experiencing more and more pain related symptoms throughout their body.
Reasons Why You May Have Joint Pain:
- Dehydration – If you do not drink enough water throughout the day, you can expect to feel more sluggish and dehydrated. Water plays a very important role in our body, especially with the connective tissues surrounding our joints. Water helps nutrients move easily through the bloodstream and into your joints.
- Heat Cramping – Cramps in hotter weather last much longer than those which occur in cooler temperatures. Many people experience cramping when they exercise as it signals excessive strain on particular muscles. When we sweat, we lose electrolytes which hold minerals such as potassium sodium, calcium, and magnesium in order for our muscle to function correctly.
- Humidity – Our joints have baroreceptors, which are located in our joints and help our joints respond to changes in atmospheric pressure. As air pressure changes, the fluid causes our joints to decrease causing the joints to be stiff and cause pain.
- Vasodilation – Do you find your legs starting to ache when it’s warm outside? This is called vasodilation. When our body’s temperature increases our veins enlarge in size in order to increase blood flow to the skin, cool the body and circulate heat away from the central organs. However, as heart rate increases, some may accumulate fluid in the legs which can cause a lot of discomfort.
What can help with Joint Pain:
- Physical Therapy – Physical Therapists at Denville Medical have advanced techniques and equipment to really dig deep and break up adhesions and scar tissues within connective tissues to help allow fluid to flow more easily throughout the body. Try out our advanced therapies; EPAT, High Volt Ultrasound, and Cold Laser.
- Chiropractic Care – You may not know this, but one of the goals of a chiropractor is to make sure blood and fluids flow effortlessly throughout the body. This is why they are so keen on adjusting and realigning the body so they can remove any impingements that may be preventing the body from proper flow of fluids.
- Acupuncture – Cupping, needling and seeding are great ways to remove toxins from the body. This will increase the concentration amount of well needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the blood so your body can absorb the nutrients it really needs.
If we could offer you one piece of advice, it would be not to settle for mediocre medical treatment and therapeutic options. If you’re looking for a team of doctors and therapists who work together and take an interdisciplinary approach to healing, Denville Medical & Sports Rehabilitation is here for you. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your physical therapy goals and live your life, pain-free.