Does it seem like your joints become stiffer during the cold, winter? No, you aren’t imagining it, and you are not alone. The winter weather can cause joints to become stiff and achy, therefore making it difficult to get around. Here are some tips to help you alleviate joint stiffness when it’s cold outside. 

Stay Warm

Staying warm during the winter can help dramatically with joint stiffness. Although we don’t have warm weather all year long, there are still some ways to stay warm during the winter. Be sure to wear light but warm layers when going outside, ear compression socks, and wear gloves. When you’re inside the house, you can stay warm by taking hot baths and showers, as well as sleeping with extra warmth at night. 

Remain Active

It’s easy for us to live a sedentary lifestyle during the winter. It’s cold outside, and it’s inconvenient to do things outside the house. But, remaining active during the winter months promotes better joint function and mobility. You don’t have to go to the gym or do an aggressive walk to remain active either. You can do things such as stretching at home, taking indoor classes, swimming, and more.

Pay Close Attention to Your Diet

Preparing your body to tackle the cold starts from the inside. A healthy diet is important year-round. During the winter, a well-balanced diet will help you avoid illness and the associated aches and pains. Incorporate fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains into your diet. Additionally, talk to your doctor about whether you should incorporate vitamins into your diet. 

Soothe Your Senses

You may not be able to prevent joint stiffness and aches all of the time. So, when your joints do become stiff, soothe them with some self-care. Try taking a hot bath, utilizing soothing scents, or getting a professional massage. These things will help you quickly alleviate some pain and relieve the tension in your body, 

Alleviate Joint Stiffness With the Help of Spotswood Trail

This winter, make it a priority to take care of your body. When you experience joint pain, let Spotswood Trail help. Kathy is a licensed massage therapist and can help alleviate your joints by providing high-quality, professional massages. With multiple massage modalities to choose from, your body will feel relaxed and refreshed after every session. 

Call us today to schedule an appointment.