Saturday, April 23, 2011

Why do we feel more pain when it rains?

Hello everybody!!! I hope you guys are having a great day! It seems like every time I look outside lately, its raining here in the NYC metro area. I'm sure we have all heard the old adage, "April showers bring May flowers", but it appears that April rain also brings more pain to a lot of us. In recent weeks, I have noticed a spike in patients coming in because they "ache all over", including patients who rarely complain of pain, and I have noted that there is a strong correlation between the aches they are feeling and the weather outside. I'll explain why... Just like our planet Earth, the human body is primarily water. In fact, the human body consists of 60% water. This is found in our skin, muscles, bones, etc. We also have nerve endings, specifically, nociceptors, which receive tissue damaging stimuli which in turn is interpreted as pain among other things, along with mechanoreceptors, which provide senses of touch, vibration, proprioception and pressure. Mechanoreceptors also inhibit nociception. 

In weather, when the barometric/atmospheric pressure decreases, it's characterized by air expanding and ascending which leads to the formation of clouds and eventual precipitation, i.e. rain or snow in most cases. Now in the human body, as this same atmospheric pressure decreases, the gas and tissue in our bodies expand as well, causing dysfunction and damage to the area which in turn stimulates our nociceptors. If there's already swelling, inflammation and abnormal mechanics, specifically in our joints, this is felt even more as pain by the patient. So essentially, the process by which rain is produced is the same process that heightens dysfunction to a given area on our body.This is why we not only feel achy when it rains, we start feeling achy even before the rain begins.

Chiropractic is the best solution in terms of feeling better because an adjustment to the area along with stretching not only helps to correct the dysfunction, it also stimulates our mechanoreceptors we spoke of earlier which in turn leads to the inhibition of the nociceptive pathways thus reducing the amount of discomfort and pain you feel, especially when it rains. Our bodies have a stronger connection to this planet than most of us care to know and it's important to pay attention to your body because it's constantly communicating with you. So the next time you're feeling achy as you leave the house, grab your umbrella...there's probably a good chance of rain.

Just a reminder that there are a lot of benefits with Chiropractic and the Chiropractic adjustment and I encourage all of you reading this to go visit one if you haven't already done so.

If you do not have a chiropractor that you see regularly, call us, 908-258-7014, and come in for a complimentary wellness screening today.


  1. Great article Abba. My dad & grandmother both suffer from arthritis & usually can determine whether rain will soon be in the forecasts based on onset of aches and pains. Now I understand the correlation.

  2. Thank you are always welcome to bring your dad and grandmother over to my office for a free evaluation..