As those with chronic pain know all too well, changes in the weather – hot or cold, wet or dry – can affect your pain. The science is unclear about why, or how, but we feel it and the correlation itself is proven. The weather can aggravate pain, but pain patients’ symptoms are often unique.
Everyday Health notes that people with pain can be affected by heat and humidity because this population, compared to people without pain, often have difficulty regulating their systems through extreme changes in weather. These changes can exacerbate pain that is the result of wear and tear, injury or trauma, or many other conditions.
Here are a few tips on how to better navigate changes in heat and humidity this summer that could cause pain:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated can help regulate body temperature and fight pain. Avoid sugary substitutes like sodas, flavored sparkling waters, teas or sports drinks as they can be dehydrating rather than hydrating.
- Choose the right clothes. During peak summer months when the heat is at its most unbearable, wear loose, light-colored clothing like cotton or silk. These will help keep your body from getting overheated.
- Consider taking Oska Pulse with you on-the-go. A huge benefit of the small PEMF device is that it’s portable and lightweight, so it can be worn throughout the day and even on-the-go to relieve pain. Its 90-minute pain relief sessions are even TSA-approved for travel!
- Stay cool with air conditioning. Keeping your home cool can keep heat and humidity-induced tension or discomfort at bay and in turn help with pain. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider purchasing a small air conditioning fan for a small area of your home to make yourself more comfortable.
- Dehumidify your home. Consider purchasing a small humidifier to de-humidify parts of your home if you live in an area where summers are hot and wet.
- Take up swimming. Not only will swimming help keep you cool, but it’s also a low-impact activity that’s gentle on the joints and can help relieve pain and stiffness.
We hope that these tips help you be more active with less pain this summer. Regardless, if you have pain, we encourage you to develop a pain management toolkit that works for you with the help of Oska Pulse, a PEMF machine that relieves pain at the source without drugs.