5 Winter Tips and Tools for Stiff, Painful Joints

5 Winter Tips and Tools for Stiff, Painful Joints

Joint pain is a terrible thing to have all year long, but it gets exponentially worse during the winter months.

When it's winter outside, everything feels tighter - especially our joints! We're all accustomed enough to have an occasional ache or tightness in these areas. Still, when they occur constantly, then there may be something wrong that needs attention before things go from uncomfortable-to unbearable.

The cold air can make your chronic joint pain even more unbearable to deal with. Everything is stiff, tender and achy during this season.

Over the last 24 years of battling rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pain, we have developed our tool kit to get you through winter with less discomfort and more ease. The right tips can be hidden in your daily life so that even if it's cold outside or rainy day-to-day - these simple adjustments will make all the difference!

Green tea

The soothing effects of warm drinks are not limited to the summer. Wintertime and cold weather can also be very stressful for people, so we must look at what might help us during these times in our lives when things seem darkest before they come alive again with new life!

Green tea is an especially good option for those with RA due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It may help soothe painful joints and inflammation all at once!

Soothing baths

When you wake up each morning and feel stiff, it’s not just because of your old age. Instead, the truth is that there are some pretty heavy joints in our bodies- especially if they haven't been moving all night while we slept!

To release this buildup daily (and soothe those nagging aches), try soaking one's self with hot water before getting out of bed; add Epsom salt for extra benefits like relief from inflammation or pain management alongside other natural ingredients such as lavender oil, which helps relax muscles tightly clenched during sleep stress disorder sufferers can find great comfort by taking these steps at first light.

If you don't have access to hot bathing facilities, try taking an early-morning shower instead!

The shower is a great way to wake up with the morning bath. The warm water and steam can help clear your head, as well as get rid of any coldness that has accumulated overnight.

Heating pads

Painful bones, sore muscles and joints - a herbal heating pad is an excellent alternative to hot baths for people who have pain.

The soothing warmth helps relieve tension by absorbing into your skin or clothing; it reaches the deeper layers of muscle tissue where inflammation lies.

Our Sacksy Thyme microwavable heating pad is a great purchase for anyone. It only takes about 45 seconds to warm up, and then you can easily place it wherever you need without needing an outlet to plug it in.

Paraffin wax

The soothing, cooling feeling of Paraffin wax is a great treatment for anyone with finger pain. Just dip your hand or foot into the warmed up product and wrap it tightly with plastic before sitting back to relax!

When it dries, slowly peel it off.

The benefits of this treatment are not limited to just winter, but it's especially helpful when your joints feel stiff and painful in the winter.

Stretching

When a person wakes up in the winter, their body can be so stiff that they literally cannot move. After walking around for a while, though, and taking some time to stretch out your muscles with exercises such as yoga or Pilates-style stretching movements before sitting down again will help you feel better after waking up early on these cold mornings!

The American College of Rheumatology recommends doing three to five sets a week of stretching exercises if you have been diagnosed with arthritis or another condition that affects your joints.

Flexibility is an essential part of helping prevent pain, improving the quality of life and reducing medications needed by patients!

The bottom line

Winter can be a difficult time for people who suffer from chronic pain. With these helpful tips, you'll find it easier to get through the winter months with fewer aches and injuries!

"This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your physician to determine a treatment plan that is right for you."
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