Does cold weather affect arthritis? Though there’s no conclusive evidence to support the connection between arthritis and weather, some people with arthritis do get flare ups during the cooler months. If you experience cold weather joint pain, keep your discomfort in check with these seven relief tips.

  1. Stay warm. Wrap up in extra layers, especially over joints that cause you frequent discomfort, such as the hands and knees.
  2. Stay active. It’s important to keep your body moving in the winter. If you don’t want to brave the elements outside, consider these exercises you can do inside. The less sedentary you are, the better your physical function.
  3. Stretch. Stretching daily provides a variety of healthy perks, from relieving stiff muscles and joints to reducing stress. (Bonus, you can do these targeted stretches at home.)
  4. Eat anti-inflammatory foods. One of the best ways to reduce inflammation is through diet. Read our blog article to get started on an anti-inflammatory diet that you will want to maintain year-round.
  5. Hydrate. According to a study published in Experimental Physiology, even mild dehydration might make you more sensitive to pain—so drink up!
  6. Be safe. When the roads and sidewalks get icy and slick, make sure you wear supportive, non-slip shoes if you go out. (To further reduce your risk of falling and injury, follow these balance tips.)
  7. Use Theraworx Relief for Joint Discomfort and Inflammation. Theraworx Relief relieves joints in two ways: a fast-acting foam and a medical-grade compression glove or knee sleeve made with silver fibers. Combined, they make up the only two-part, topical anti-inflammatory therapy system for the relief of arthritic, inflamed, sore, or overused joints. Order your system online today or find it in a store near you.