What is it about the approach of winter that seems to aggravate aches and pains, especially neck and back pain? This effect is somewhat controversial in scholarly literature on medicine, but for some people it’s inescapable and excruciating. Controversial it may be, but the condition does have a medical name: cold allodynia. While for many people who experience it the problem may be associated with such systemic maladies as fibromyalgia, those who suffer back pain often feel worse as the days shorten and the calendar tips toward winter.
Even if we don’t experience it ourselves, most of us have heard of people whose chronic joint pain seems to predict changes in the weather based on how their joints are feeling. People with fibromyalgia report that cold, damp weather makes their symptoms more painful. Osteoarthritis patients complain of swelling or warmth that worsens as cold weather comes on.
One way to ward off the unpleasantness and pain of cold weather is to take advantage of heat therapy by making it a part of your daily routine. Here’s how: