Update: We’ve received a lot of feedback on this post about places to live with arthritis and it’s apparently been very helpful for a lot of people. Thank you for all your input. We’ve revisited the post and made a couple of updates based on the discussions and feedback we’ve received. If you have any additional input, feedback, or advice, please share it in the comments and join the discussion!
Considerations When Choosing a Location
If you are suffering from arthritis or other joint pain, and are thinking about moving, there are a couple of key factors that you’ll want to consider before moving. There are obviously other great places to live if you have arthritis other than those listed below (we can’t cover every city and town in the country!), but there are some common factors in these cities that are important if you’re thinking about moving:
- Steady barometric pressure is critical. This translates to steady weather patterns. If you’re looking at places where the weather is constantly changing, daily mix of beautiful weather and thunderstorms, and other regular shifts, this is most often going to translate to a lot of extra pain.
- Warm, dry weather is helpful. Humidity and cold are often linked to higher levels of joint pain. Coastal areas are really nice, but they often come with higher humidity, and that needs to be taken into account – especially in more northern regions where cold is likely to come into play as well.
- Elevation can play a role as well. According to Brainlab, areas with higher elevation have less atmospheric pressure, meaning less pressure on your body, which leaves more room for tissue to expand and put pressure on your joints.
Important Information if You Have Joint Pain
Of course, at Flexcin we highly recommend a joint supplement if you’re suffering from arthritis as well. We’ve been helping people with joint pain for 20 years, and know the importance of a good joint supplement for relieving pain.* If you’d like to try Flexcin, we have a 100% money-back guarantee so there’s no risk to you (and we are extremely confident in its effectiveness). It’s the only joint supplement on the market that contains Cetyl Myristoleate (CM8 ®). CM8 was discovered by a researcher at the NIH. It has received multiple patents for arthritis relief (more info on CM8 here). You can read more about Flexcin here.
Below is our original post (with a few updates):
Some theories suggest that if you find the perfect place to live with arthritis your symptoms may subside, or at least lie dormant. We know that environment alone can’t cure your arthritis, regardless of which type you have, but an ideal climate may help ease your symptoms. If you have arthritis and are retiring or considering relocating, keep the following list in mind as you choose locations.
1. San Diego, California
Who doesn’t love Cali? Overall, arthritis sufferers tend to prefer warm, dry climates. This may be because of how humidity and cold affect the joints. San Diego is a good option if you prefer to live near the sea and somewhere that has a lower level of barometric pressure. A warmer, dry climate may help with your pain levels and inflammation. Also, it may reduce the need for medication. The downside is that this area can wind up being pretty pricy.
2. Phoenix, Arizona
Even though Arizona is known to have a heavy rainy season in July and August, the area surrounding Phoenix is known for being a great place to live if you have arthritis. In Phoenix, the climate is warm and dry, and humidity is low. The air is clean and there is little fluctuation in barometric pressure. All of these characteristics make it a better environment for arthritis sufferers.
3. Denver, Colorado
Even though Denver has cold, snowy winters, the temperatures aren’t crazy high and snow is generally gone within 3 to 4 days of snowfall, especially in the fall when the ground is warm. The temperatures don’t increase dramatically in the summer months. Denver is a nice area because of its low humidity, less snowfall than the northeast, and the fact that it sits on a semi-arid plain. Just be careful with the altitude change. For some people, Denver has advantages and disadvantages for being one of the best places to live with arthritis.
4. Las Vegas, Nevada (Update – New!)
People know all about downtown Las Vegas, but the surrounding area outside of all the famous flash is one of the best places to live with arthritis. The weather is very steady, it’s warm and dry, and the elevation isn’t bad. Outside of knowing that you’re a short drive from great food and entertainment, another appealing element is the low cost of living. There are still a lot of affordable areas surrounding the city, which is helpful if your income is limited due to retirement.
4. West Texas (Update – New!)
Texas being so large has good and bad – especially if you are unfamiliar with the state. Eastern cities on the gulf like Houston tend to have a lot of humidity. This is typically bad for joint pain. West Texas, however, is arid and much better for joint pain as is north Texas. The tradeoff is that the further north and west you go, the further you are from more of the major cities (with the exception of El Paso on the extreme western part of the state).
Many factors play into how arthritis symptoms affect your body including diet, climate, location of arthritis on the body, treatment plans, and exercise levels. Each of these impacting factors should be addressed. Changing location to one of the best places to live with arthritis cannot cure your arthritis. But it can aid in your overall treatment plan along with your doctor’s advice and taking a daily joint supplement.* If you aren’t sure which joint supplement is for you we can help.