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Winter Alert! Painful Joints and the Companioning Fright

Joint pain can occur at any time of the year. But, the reduced circulation of blood during winters can worsen the condition. Here is your complete guide to staying protected this winter.

Arthritis By Vasudha Bhat / Nov 28, 2014

The Winter Wrath

Pain in the joints can occur at any time of the year but, during the winter season it gets tougher to cope with it. Even though the season in particular does not cause pain in joints, it can surely worsen the symptoms. During winter season, the flow of blood around the extremities, like hands or feet, gets limited. It happens so that the body can focus on supplying blood to vital organs like heart and lungs. This leads to less loss of heat from blood circulating near the surface of skin and less blood circulation to the joints, which can be painful for some people.

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Arthritis and its Types

Arthritis can occur at any age, though it is very common during old age. There are several types of arthritis and all cause pain and inflammation in the joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis followed by rheumatoid arthritis and Reynaud’s, which is a painful condition that flares up in cold weather.

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Clothes to Manage Winter Joint Health

If any type of arthritis has hit your joints, you must make sure to keep your body completely covered with plenty of clothes. Even if you think that your layer of woolens is way too much to fight the falling temperature, you must still wear them because you have a condition to look after. Wear gloves, a scarf, a hat and more than one layer of woolens to block the chilly winds from hitting your body.

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Good Posture is Important

A good posture can be the key to healthy bones. If you have a good posture, you tend to be able to perform every activity differently so, think about the posture that suits your body the best and exerts less strain on the joints. For example, when you bend down to reach for a fallen object, instead of making a 90-degree bend, fold your knees.

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It’s All in the Mind

According to a research, pain has some emotional effects also. It can make you feel upset, distressed and tired. Many people feel depressed during winter months, which can worsen the pain. Regular workouts can ensure good mental as well as physical health. So, start now.

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Exercise is Important

If you suffer from joint pain, exercise should be made an important part of your routine. Regular workouts can help you get rid of muscle and joint stiffness during winter season. Take out 20-30 minutes every day for a light workout session and make sure that you are not overdoing it. Exercise can increase the flow of blood to the joints and muscles thus, reducing stiffness. Also, make sure you pick up workouts that can be done indoors so that you avoid the chill outside.

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Choose a Healthful Diet

Besides wearing multiple layers of woolens and staying indoors as much as possible, there are a few foods that can help you keep warm. Foods like oats, cereal wheat, maize and corn can have warming effects on the body. Also, you may use whole pulses and legumes like beans, soya and lentils by making delicious soups and stews. You could also include lots of herbs and spices in your food, which may include ginger, garlic, cinnamon and turmeric. Ginger can increase the peripheral circulation and natural sugar substitutes like honey and jaggery can keep the body warm.

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Bathe in the Sun

Even though the luxuy of basking in the sun is a rare occasion in winters, whenever you find an opportunity you must do it. Sunlight not only fulfils the need for vitamin D in the body but it also warms up the body which leads to an improved blood circulation. You can also feel an uplift in the mood and your energy levels will also be boosted to keep you going throughout the day.

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