Dr. Thomas A. Harmody
Can hurricanes make our pain worse?
Updated: May 3
Vero Beach Chiropractor- Living in Florida, every summer we have to deal with hurricane season. It’s spans from June 1st to November 30th, with the peak being Sept 10th each year. When hurricanes form, the barometric pressure within the storm is very, very low. Usually, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm. The barometric pressure is the weight of the air pushing down on us. The normal standard barometric pressure lies right around 1013.25 mb. The pressure within a storm can often reach down into the upper 800’s. Why is this important? When we have less weight pushing down on us, inflammatory enzymes can leach out of our cells and into our bodies and create a painful situation. So YES, low pressures including hurricanes, can make pain worse for us. So, as hurricane Ian approaches, small pains can turn into big pain. So be careful putting up those shutters and cleaning up your patio furniture this season. If you hurt yourself, see your chiropractor for relief. Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic and Wellness in Vero Beach, Fl.