Being labelled as ‘the fat man of Europe’ is not one of the UK’s proudest moments, but, it’s time to accept some bitter home truths. We are currently facing a public health crisis with an estimated one in four British adults being classed as obese.
The UK really is carrying extra weight for Europe with the highest levels of obesity, beating countries such as Germany, France and Spain.
No wonder the NHS is under such strain as obesity and its consequences costs £5.1 billion a year. This is only going to increase. New reports suggest that this figure will double by 2030 to an estimated annual cost of £12 billion a year!
With 30,000 deaths in adults
Your joints play a vital role in your body. They form the connection between your bones, manage your movement and support your weight. Therefore, when your joints struggle to perform as they should, you start to experience pain.
This pain can be extremely debilitating, and for some it affects their ability to do daily activities. For most people this pain seems to intensify in winter.
If you’re one of those people that suffers more in winter, keep reading!
In this post we outline 3 reasons why your joint pain worsens in winter.
So, what changes in winter?
- Temperature Change
Whilst joint pain is not simply a seasonal problem, the frosty temperatures we face in winter often cause the pain in our joints to intensify. As temperatures drop, our bodies react by restricting the blood flow to our joints.
This is because attention is placed on supporting fundamental organs such as t
Those who suffer with joint pain know just how debilitating and restricting it can be. Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which you can ease and treat this pain.
Whilst there are various prescription medications available, these should be taken following a consultation with your GP.
Therefore, we asked our Head Pharmacist Jagdeesh Cheema for some tips and tricks on other ways in which we can all prevent and relieve joint pain.
Hydrotherapy treatment involves the practice of particular exercises whilst immersed in a warm swimming pool.
This is a relaxing yet effective treatment as the warm water alleviates the pressure on your joints, encourages blood flow around the body and stimulates endorphins. This helps to ease pain and relaxes the surrounding