For centuries, the only comfort the people that suffered from back pains and arthritis had was that they could predict when rain was about to start. Whenever some people feel a sharp burst of pain in the joints, they attribute the ache to a sudden change of cold temperature outside. This popular mindset had no reason to justify such a belief. However, a recent study can break the weather conditions apart from back pains.
Chris Maher, a professor at the George Institute for Global Health, was one of the authors of the recent discovery. His team found no evidence that can clearly connect certain weather conditions to a new wave of pain coming from back issues or arthritis. At the same time, there are many people who blame sharp alterations in humidity, air pressure, and temperature for their pain.
Chris Maher wanted to dispel this common belief that seems to date back from the Roman times. In his opinion, what really happens is that people put such a great trust in this general opinion, that they are only thinking of their previous experiences that confirm it. However, the scientist thinks that this sum of experiences is only the result of coincidences and do not attest a real situation.
For his study, there were around 1,350 Australian participants. This group of people presented certain conditions such as lower back pain or knee osteoarthritis. The team of scientists recorded the development of their pain throughout the entire study. The collected data were then compared to weather conditions registered by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The result of the study is clear. The scientists found no proof that supports the traditional belief. Moreover, they didn’t stop just at comparing back pain charts with weather temperatures. On the contrary, they analyzed further different agents that can be related to weather conditions. Thus, their findings that dispel the popular belief are also regarding air pressure, humidity, precipitation, or wind direction.
Professor Chris Maher relates this unfounded assumption with the susceptible nature that people usually have. When the weather conditions are bad, people tend to pay more attention to their bad experiences. On the other hand, when the days are sunny, and people feel comfortable in their skin, their optimism levels are increasing and tend to disregard their negative feelings.
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