Can Joint Pain Predict the Weather?

Can Joint Pain Predict the Weather?

By: Elana Garay, Sports Editor

One of the many sayings is that when the joints ache that then a storm is coming. “One leading theory points to changes in air pressure. Although many people say that their pain worsens with damp, rainy weather, research has shown that it’s not the cold, wind, rain, or snow”, states from WebMD. The joints may also be sensitive to the pressure in climate change which then could possibly predict that a storm is coming. Further explanation, “The suspect most often singled out by arthritis sufferers and researchers is a drop in barometric pressure, which is the pressure exerted by the air around us. A drop in barometric pressure often precedes a storm, and the theory goes that a decrease in the air pressure can cause the tissues around the joints to swell, causing arthritic pain”, states the medical website. An example is used, “Proponents of the idea use a balloon in a barometric chamber as a simulator. If the pressure outside drops, the air in the balloon expands. If the same happened in the area around an arthritic joint, the expansion or swelling could irritate the nerves, causing pain” continues from medicine net website. Maybe joint pain could predict the weather or maybe it doesn’t.

Warm Weather Effects on Health

Warm Weather Effects on Health

By: Elana Garay, Sports Editor

Spring weather has finally arrived which means more sunlight! Warm weather has been proven to have some benefits. “Taking a trip to someplace warm in the middle of winter or lingering outside when spring arrives can be especially beneficial, with pleasant weather improving mood, memory and broadening cognitive style (openness to new information and creative thoughts) as time spent outside increased, researchers found. Hotter weather during the summer, however, lowered mood levels and the effect of pleasant weather was far less noticeable in other seasons”, states an article from Science Daily website. The warmth is often soothing after a long cold season. Other benefits are, “ ‘Exercise can strengthen the heart, lower blood pressure and blood pressure reactions to stress,’ ” says Dr. Robert Matchock, associate professor of psychology at Penn State University’s Altoona Campus. ‘Exercise can also increase the production of serotonin and endorphins which are associated with mood, and enhance cognitive abilities, such as memory’”, stated from Accuweather website. Overall, warm weather may be better than most people would initially presume.

Ways Weather Influences Health

By: Elana Garay, Sports Editor

Weather has an interesting of influencing health. Different weather such as rain or drastic change in temperature can cause different health issues. Logically, very hot weather could cause health risks, “High temperatures increase your risk of heat-related health risks. Both dehydration and heatstroke can have an influence on your behavior and have the potential to cause brain damage if it’s bad enough, Brent Solvason, a Stanford University clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences,” states the Huffington Post website. “People who live in areas with intense weather events, like hurricanes or tornadoes, are at a greater risk for mental distress. While the storm is stressful as its happening, the aftermath of the event can also have a lasting psychological impact”. Rain is usually known to make a person feel more tired, but also rain can increase allergies. “Spring brings on the sniffles for so many people, but if you get seasonal allergies this time of year, you know they are most aggravated when the weather is wet. Rain is known to wash pollen away, but storms first burst the pollen particles and spread the allergens further before cleansing the environment,” the site adds. Weather can affect our health without it being that noticeable because we could be so used to different types of weather changes. “Changing seasons and hot weather can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms, with the growing season and air pollution paying a serious role… As the days get longer, the additional exposure to bright light often triggers migraines. Pollen can also trigger headache for people with allergies… Hot, humid weather can make breathing difficult, particularly for people with preexisting lung conditions. Air pollution, which is worse when it’s hot, also plays a role,” states the Huffington Post website. These are all some of the ways weather influences health.