The Real Reason Rain Can Make Your Body Ache

It's no secret that rain is a vital part of our lives, but for some of us, rain can cause joint or muscle aches, so it's no surprise that some people may cringe when rain shows up in the forecast. According to OrthoBethesda, atmospheric pressure, also known as barometric pressure, is essentially air's weight, and it has a habit of decreasing just before it rains. In response, soft tissues in the body begin to swell, taking up more space than usual, and the fluid in your joints expands. When this happens, it can leave you with aches and pain.

While atmospheric pressure plays a large role, it's not the only culprit. Combine the atmospheric pressure with changes to precipitation, temperature, and humidity, and you have a recipe for achy joints (via OrthoBethesda). Not everyone will feel their body ache when rain is on the way. However, those who suffer from chronic pain or arthritis may be more susceptible to the uncomfortable feeling, reports Hackensack Meridian Health. When the rainstorm passes, you can expect the joint pain to lessen — but what if you want it to go away sooner?

How to help joint pain when it rains

You may be unable to change the weather, but there are steps you can take to alleviate the joint pain you feel when it rains. Penn Medicine reports you can ease joint pain by doing what many believe will cause more pain: moving. On rainy days, or even snowy days, people tend to be more relaxed and less physical. While that's okay in moderation, not enough physical activity will cause your joint pain to increase. To help your muscles support your joints, try out yoga, walking, or any other activity that gets your body moving.

Of course, you can always turn to over-the-counter pain medication to help with pain, while staying active as much as possible. According to the Cleveland Clinic, your best bet is to keep stretching and moving no matter where you live, since the joint pain you experience in rain can happen in any climate.