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Friday, 23 April 2010

Whether Weather affects us?!

Before I start, what great weather we are having for the last 10 days or so! I have just got back from being outside doing some flyering and everyone outside including myself seem a lot happier and more inclined to take a leaflet with smiles on their faces.

So we have all heard the term "feeling under the weather." But is this scientifically proven...

Examples of this relationship include altitude and ears popping, pollens in the air and asthma or sinus infection, sunrays and skin burning or skin cancer, cold weather and heart attacks, and gloomy, dark weather and depression. We also know that heat packs or hot showers can relax the muscles around the joints and relieve stiffness and pain for some. We also know, ice packs can ease the inflammation in the joints themselves.

There is such a thing called Barometric pressure (or Atmospheric Pressure), now this is the force that is exerted on objects by the weight of the atmosphere above them. The theory relating the 2 is that when the Barometric pressure drops any inflamed joints will swell then when these joints swell up it can irritate the nerves around the joint and cause you pain and discomfort.

The Barometric pressure will decrease as you get higher and can also change when the weather changes. If air temperature falls, the air pressure will increase as cool air sinks towards the ground.

So to sum up if the theory is correct our joints will be a lot better in cooler weather (Higher Barometric pressure) than it would in the summer.

BUT... If the weather is warmer then your circulation will be better and any swelling will be carried away a lot quicker than it would anytime during the cold weather!

Unfortunately, at the end of this research who knows what's better for the joints but the fact more people have smiles on their faces is better!!!

P.s The warm weather had no great affect on my cricket last weekend when I got out for a 'duck'... Must have been the decrease in Barometric Pressure, :)

Scott

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