Fall is here! Time to expect pumpkin flavored everything, cooler weather and hopefully an end to the smoke in our valley. The dog days of summer are gone, and we humans are preparing for the oncoming winter. This season is the time to take stock of your health and remember to mitigate the Halloween candy and Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
Besides sugar and fat, there are a few more things you might want to avoid that can actually make your body feel worse. Along with avoiding high sugar (think high inflammation), the body cannot assimilate certain foods without raising the inflammatory response in the body. Specifically, nightshade plants, such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant. There has been a long standing correlation between this class of plant and joint pain. I know it is nearly impossible for me to avoid the fresh garden tomato, so I understand; however, it is best if you have a chronic pain issue, to avoid these foods.
Let’s discuss the smoke from the fires. Over the month of August, we all experienced what a drag on our system the smoke was. What you may not know is that your body has a way of dealing with less oxygen in the air due to smoke. Accessory muscles of respiration come into play when the body is presented with a smokey environment. I am speaking of the scalene muscles, upper and lower trapezia and the intercostal musculature. These muscles go into overdrive when presented with the smoke. People shrug their shoulders while trying to grab more oxygen. This leads to upper rib, shoulder and neck pain.
One more thing to add to the fall body pain list is barometric pressure. Yes, barometric pressure. Stormy weather means a drop in the pressure that surrounds our bodies as atmosphere. Consequently, the normal pressure in your joint spaces seeks to fill that low pressure by expanding the joint capsule leaving you with achy sore joints. So, when your Grandma says: ” I feel a storm coming because my knees ache,” she is not crazy. She just was feeling the joint expand due to low barometric pressure.
I hope these tidbits of information serves you well over the next few months.
Also, know that I am here to lend my helping hands to get you through this and all seasons.
Roberts & Colwell Chiropractic