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Does the cold really increase back pain?

cold and back pain

How does cold affect back pain?

According to studies by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that around 568 million people around the world experience back pain during the winter season.

It is important to clarify that there is no direct relationship between decreased temperatures and back pain. However, it is common that, when experiencing cold, we adopt a hunched posture that can overload the muscles and contribute to the appearance of contractures and discomfort in the back, especially in the cervical area.

Additionally, during cold waves, a sudden change in atmospheric pressure occurs. People who already suffer from a spinal ailment or suffer from rheumatism may experience joint stiffness and, in some cases, feel pain.

In this article, you will get the following information:

  • What is the relationship between cold and back pain?

  • Tips to prevent back pain in cold weather.

  • How can chiropractic help you?

What is the relationship between cold and back pain?

When we feel cold, our body instinctively responds by shrinking. At the muscular level, the muscles contract involuntarily, and muscle spasms occur, as our body seeks to generate heat.

This process is controlled by the hypothalamus, which regulates body temperature. Simply put, muscle shrinkage and spasms are automatic responses meant to keep our body warm when faced with cold conditions.

Continuous exposure to cold can trigger muscle pain due to the formation of contractures. In addition, it is possible to experience cramps, since the cold causes the muscle fibers to contract and the blood vessels to vasoconstrict. The body, in an effort to conserve heat in vital organs, limits blood flow to the areas closest to the skin. This vasoconstriction can cause tingling sensations.

These contractures can cause severe pain, low back pain, referred pain in the legs, as well as discomfort in the neck and shoulders. The cervical area is usually the most affected.

It is relevant to mention that people who suffer from fibromyalgia and arthritis are more susceptible to the effects of cold.

Tips to prevent back pain in cold weather.

Here we offer you some preventive measures:

  • Limit the hours of exposure to the cold.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
  • Maintain good posture to avoid muscle overload.
  • Perform exercises that strengthen your back muscles, as this can help reduce stiffness and improve endurance.
  • Incorporate stretching into your daily routine to maintain muscle flexibility and reduce accumulated tension.
  • Apply local heat to promote vasodilation, increase the temperature and relax the muscles.
  • When it comes to work, adapt your clothing to the weather.
  • When playing sports, protect yourself from the cold, without leaving your lower back exposed. And look to exercise when the temperatures are more pleasant.
  • At bedtime, you should be especially careful because you may uncover yourself.


However, if you were suffering from any previous ailment, it is crucial to seek a diagnosis from spine specialists. This will allow for a thorough review to rule out possible conditions and prevent the worsening of any disease.

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“When it's cold, we adopt body postures that cause the muscles in the neck and back area to contract”

How can chiropractic help you?

  • Reduces pressure on nerves and joints that can cause back pain.
  • It improves the mobility of the vertebrae, reducing stiffness and increasing flexibility, which in turn can relieve back pain.
  • Reduces tension in the back muscles.

By correcting vertebral subluxations, chiropractic restores the proper functioning of the vertebrae, relieving pain and providing a long-term solution. It is an effective and safe solution to improve spinal health and overall health.

If you suffer from back pain or chronic cervical discomfort or related symptoms, we recommend that you consult with a chiropractor.

In Spain, if you are looking for a chiropractor, verify that they are a member of the Asociación Española de Quiropráctica(AEQ), which brings together exclusively Chiropractic graduates with a university degree issued by one of the Chiropractic universities recognized by the European Council of Chiropractic Education.

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