A meteorologist in Atlanta said, "When people feel pain during a weather change, it is often not precipitation or humidity causing the problem, but the changing barometric pressure. As storms approach, barometric pressure - the weight exerted by air - falls, resulting in many people experiencing an increase in aches and pains. A decline in barometric pressure may make inflamed joints swell, which in theory could stretch the thin tissue lining the capsule surrounding a joint." The change in barometric pressure is sign of a change in weather. In researching the effects of barometric pressure on humans there are various conclusions. Some say there is not enough significant scientific research to declare that this folklore has any validity all. Even though a large number of people say that they can feel increased pain in their joints and can predict the future rainfall. Is this a myth or is something really going on here?
So, what is actually going on inside of us when the barometric pressure drops? According to eHow, "The body's joints have sensory nerves. These nerves are called baro-receptors and they do respond to changes in the atmosphere. When the barometric pressure drops or is low, it signifies that the air has become moist, signaling a chance for rain. The body's nerve receptors respond to low barometric pressure."
This sensory input can communicate more than just pain. What if it is an evolutionary signal to find coverage or seek protection from a storm? It seems no research can really get behind this. So, for now I’ll just find comfort in knowing this isn’t made up and know that when I’m aching I have a few tricks up my sleeve for relief.
My Five go to remedies for when the weather turns:
Warm bath and epsom salts- Body aches and joint stiffness; A nice 20 minute soak in water between 92-104 degrees with epsom salts. Your body will thank you.
OLBAS oils- Headaches and sinus pressure; Rub Olbas oil on temples, back of neck, feet & hands.
Ice pack- Put ice pack on back of neck for migraines and groggy heavy head feeling.
Exercise- Try yoga or walking to ease the stiffness in the joints and get the synovial fluids moving in your joints.
Try massage- Massage can be a soothing solution for pain and bring your body into a more relaxed state.