Temperature and Pain — a Cold Relationship


As temperatures drop, it is common to start noticing back or neck related aches and pains. Have you ever wondered why that is?

Although we don’t have a direct reason to explain this, there are many theories regarding the relationship between temperature and pain:

  1. When colder temperatures occur, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments tighten, making them less flexible. This increases the risk of injuries related to many winter activities like shoveling snow or scraping ice.
  2. When joint cartilage is worn away, the cushioning of the bones is lost. This causes exposed nerves, which can be sensitive to changes in pressure.
  3. We all know how it is — you put on your exercise clothes to go for a long walk or jog. You step outside and the winter winds blow, causing you to head right back into the house. Lack of exercise during winter months is nothing new. Unfortunately, lack of exercise causing back-related pain is nothing new either.

Even though these are all theories about why we suffer from aches and pains more in colder months, we should still be proactive in getting relief. Try some of these tips to combat winter pains:

  • Remember to dress warmly
  • Join a gym or health center
  • Avoid excessive strain on your joints
  • Use your TENS unit to treat the pain

Graham-Field has introduced a convenient and effective TENS unit, a drug-free way to manage pain, perfect for these winter months. The new TERA TENS, shown above, is smaller than a credit card, making it portable in the smallest bags or even pockets.

A TENS unit — TENS stands for “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation” — sends small electrical impulses to your nerve fibers through the skin. TENS is a cost-effective, non-invasive treatment for pain.

With no prescription required, this unit is your gateway to fast and effective relief!

Click here for another idea to treat chronic pain.

The information offered here is not medical advice and is not intended to replace guidance offered by your medical professionals.

Always check with a doctor before undertaking any pain therapy, and to help determine which device will work best for you.


Shelby Kenney is an Associate Product Manager at Graham-Field.

About GF Health Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with more than 300 US-based employees, GF Health Products, Inc. is a major manufacturer of healthcare products for the acute care, extended care, homecare and primary care markets. Graham-Field product brands include Basic American Medical Products®, Everest & Jennings®, Grafco®, Hausted®, Intensa™, John Bunn®, Labtron®, Lumex® and Lumiscope®. Visit www.grahamfield.com or call 1.770.368.4700.