As we fare this uncharacteristically cold weather in Georgia, our bodies may need a little more TLC than normal. There are many theories as to why our muscles and joints start to ache as temperatures drop, but the change in the air pressure is the most likely culprit. Reduction in barometric pressure causes tissues within the joints to swell provoking an already inflamed joint to become even more swollen and painful. Most people think that applying a heating pad to the localized area will make the muscle better. In most instances, it does ease pain as circulation is increased by heat, but it also increases the inflammation.
So how do you relieve pain and reduce swelling? Nothing is going to heal the injured area over-night, but a chiropractic adjustment and massage will give you some relief and help the body function at its optimal level. Dr. Mary will assist in relieving nerve interference by aligning your spine. Therapeutic massage sets off a series of molecular events that will help with discomfort and aid in healing. Massage dampens the activity of proteins known as inflammatory cytokines, which cause inflammation and pain. It also increases levels of proteins that signal the muscles to produce mitochondria, the cell structures that produce energy and help muscles recover from activity, and opens up the capillaries allowing cells to deposit much nutrients and fluids to the muscles.