Muscle and joint pains don’t directly result from chilly weather. The discomfort probably comes from bad posture or too much time in unnatural positions while working, driving, using your phone, or sleeping. The cold weather can make the pain worse and also increase the recovery time.
Some studies suggest that a drop in barometric pressure coming with low temperatures causes tissues around your joints to swell and pressures pain centers in your nerves. Others have pointed to common changes in the body in response to the cold. Blood vessels constrict to keep you warm and can also trigger pain receptors.
Some of these tips might help:
Change your sleeping habits
When you sleep on your stomach, you keep your neck moved to one side for hours. This can lead to stiffness and pain and also harm your muscles in the long-term. Sleeping on your back or on your side keeps your neck in the ideal position. You could also try sleeping without a pillow or get yourself a special pillow designed for the same issues. Pillows unfit for the structure of your neck can cause major pain and damage to the neck joint, which leads to long-term problems like spondylitis.
Stretch and exercise
Staying active keeps your blood flowing and increases joint health. Practice simple neck and shoulder exercises when you have a free moment. In addition, always be sure to stretch all of your muscles to warm them up before any physical activity such as shoveling snow.
Apply a heat pack to your neck or shoulder if it aches and leave it there for around 20 minutes or so. This will loosen the muscles and reduce inflammation that may be causing pain. Sitting in a hot bath or jacuzzi can also provide relief. Additionally, a massage with hot oil can reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and provide relief from stiffness and pain.
Drink plenty of water
While the hot cocoa or coffee may be tempting, it is still important to drink plenty of water. Your risk of dehydration does not disappear in the winter. Since spinal disks mainly consist of water, you need to stay hydrated throughout the day to keep your whole spine healthy and reduce the risk of injury to your neck.
While you won’t be able to avoid the stiffness caused by the cold, you shouldn’t just try to ignore it until it goes away. If you understand what effects cold air can have on tissues of the neck and shoulder region, you will be able to take positive action to help find some relief.