The winter months are a magical time, as the snow begins to fall (in films at least) and the family unites for the holiday celebrations. However, for people suffering from back pain, this season can be very much the opposite.

While it has not been scientifically proven, it is widely believed that the cold weather during the winter period can exacerbate a person’s existing back pain problems.

The reasons behind this are not entirely set in stone, but many scientific studies have highlighted that there is a possible correlation between back pain and the change in climate.

Here are some of the potential reasons why your back pain flares up when the temperature drops.

Possible Causes of Back Pain

Firstly, it is believed that the cold weather reduces the level of blood flow to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in our back, which leads them to tighten and put more strain on our spine.

Secondly, many have stated that the drop in barometric pressure during winter also contributes to increased back pain. This is because there is less gravity to reduce swelling in joints that are inflamed, although this too has also not been scientifically proven.

Lastly, research has shown that the cold weather and darker days during the winter can result in increased levels of depression.

Although this doesn’t directly impact back pain, increased stress can lead to posture changes as we naturally hunch our shoulders and clench our muscles. This can result in long-term tension in our back, which can worsen any pain that we are already experiencing.


To prevent your back pain from becoming potentially worse this winter, it is important to stay as warm and active as you possibly can.

However, if you are already feeling the effects of the cold weather, we recommend that you visit a trained osteopath, who can use their highly developed sense of touch to identify the source of pain.

Using a series of stretches, massages and manipulation techniques, osteopaths can help to reduce the swelling and relieve back pain.

In addition to this, the calming effects of osteopathy can also play a significant part in helping you to relax and de-stress.

Get In Touch

At Solihull Osteopathic Practice, our team of highly-skilled osteopaths can help you to treat your back pain by using their safe, holistic approach to pain relief.

Besides this, we can also offer you expert advice on exercises and how to prevent pain from reoccurring.

To find out more about our services, please get in touch with our friendly team.