Maybe you’ve chalked it up to being an old wives’ tale, or possibly
you are convinced that weather changes do in fact affect your pain.
Although much debate revolves around this subject, there is strong
evidence and working hypotheses why weather changes may lead
to an increase in pain.
You may have noticed that your joint pain doesn’t seem to be
affected by rainy weather changing to sunny weather, rather it’s
the opposite. When inclement weather moves in, patients often
report feeling a greater amount of joint pain and distress.
This is due to a change in barometric pressure.
Patients who are affected by the weather normally experience
those increased symptoms well before the first raindrop falls.
The scientists who have evaluated this phenomenon have concluded
that as the barometric pressure falls there is less atmospheric
pressure acting on the body tissues and joints. Atmospheric pressure
has a tendency of causing external compression on your body
tissues. As the barometer falls there is less pressure being exerted
on the tissues and joints, and the body may sense this change in external
Although it is a relatively tiny change in pressure, it’s apparently enough
to make a temporary but noticeable difference to the most sensitive joints in your body. On the flip side, when the weather clears up and the barometer starts to rise, you won’t perceive the same increase in joint pain as you do when it falls. Increasing atmospheric pressure causes more
external compression of the body tissues which tends to support those sensitive areas.
Misaligned bones and joints may eventually become more sensitive to a falling barometer. When pain becomes chronic your affected joints are the ones that perceive an increase in symptoms as bad weather moves in.
Chiropractic has the effect of reducing joint and tissue stress.
Patients may report a reduction in their ability to forecast an
impending storm after their alignment has been restored through
the use of gentle chiropractic adjustments. Although not every
patient with barometric sensitivities will notice a reduction in their
pain as rainy weather approaches, many patients do.