Joint arthritis sufferers may be dreading the onset of the latest Beast from the East because for many, cold weather seems to intensify arthritis pain.

Although winter doesn’t necessarily worsen your joint arthritis, it does seem that people with the condition will feel it more when the temperatures drop. One suggestion is that a drop in atmospheric pressure which heralds a cold spell also increases the pressure in people’s joints, making them stiffer and more painful. During the winter months, vitamin D levels drop as people are outside less and seeing less sunlight and this can be a trigger of an arthritis flare-up. Another theory about winter and joint pain is that it’s due to our pain receptors. When it’s colder, our pain receptors are more sensitive and therefore you feel pain more.

Tips on how to manage joint arthritis in the winter months

  • Get your vitamin D levels checked by your GP and either increase the amount of vitamin D in your diet or take supplements
  • Stay active; the colder weather can make it harder to exercise but if you become less active, you’ll get stiffer and that brings more discomfort
  • When you exercise though, choose low impact activities and properly warm up

If you’re looking for ways to improve joint pain and lack of mobility due to arthritis, there are many options and you do not automatically need a joint replacement. For a minimally invasive approach to alleviating arthritis with no side effects, call 020 3282 7553 to find out more about MBST.

If you’re living with the discomfort and lack of mobility caused by arthritis of the joints, you have probably considered taking supplements that promise to ease joint pain, but often the ‘magic cures’ that are being promoted don’t live up to the hype.

Now, though, more and more natural medicines are being tested in rigorous clinical trials. Here are some of the supplements that could alleviate your arthritis symptoms by reducing inflammation or protecting the cartilage that keeps your joints functioning effectively.

  1. SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine)

Both a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, SAM-e is a compound that may also stimulate collagen growth. Studies have shown that SAM-e is as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in controlling joint pain. It can take longer to act than painkillers such as ibuprofen, but it also has far fewer side effects.

  1. Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric is a staple of traditional Chinese and Indian or Ayurvedic medicine because Curcumin, the chemical in turmeric, is believed to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. There is currently only limited trial evidence of the effect on humans, but one small-scale study that compared turmeric supplements to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) found that pain levels when walking and climbing the stairs improved more in those knee arthritis sufferers that took turmeric and there was no difference in reported side effects.

  1. Fish Oil (Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA)

Both EPA and DHA have been extensively studied for both rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Omega-3s block inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins and are converted by the body into powerful anti-inflammatory chemicals called resolvins.

Supplements can’t solve the whole problem of joint pain. If you’re interested in researching other non-surgical approaches, call 020 3282 7553 to find out if MBST could help to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.