Daily requirements associated with the work, can create a lot of problems if you have arthritis. That's right, no matter what job you have or had: sedentary office or mobile. Fortunately, a few simple guidelines can help most people to cope with osteoarthritis during the day and live without undue pain. Ergonomic chairs, tables and special equipment can also help take the weight off painful joints.
Take breaks during repetitive movements
Whether you work at a computer or on a construction site, most likely, your work requires some repetitive movements. Repetitive motion can cause repetitive trauma and stress in the joints, which can aggravate arthritis pain. Whenever possible, take breaks if you need to do work associated with repetitive movements.
Whether you're moving a lot of work, or sitting or standing in one position, your joints are involved minimally if you keep them in a position that physical therapists are called neutral. For the knees, for example, the neutral position is slightly bent, that is the situation when they are stretched slightly forward when you sit on a chair.
For the neutral position of the wrist is: your hand and forearm are extended so that the nerves passing through the wrist, not infringed. The neutral position for your neck when you're working at a desk and keep your head straight. Whatever your job, always pay attention to the position of your body. Try to eliminate unnecessary stress by finding the most comfortable position.
Staying in one position for too long and puts pressure on the joints. As much as possible, try to change position as often as possible during the working day. If you're at work spend a lot of time on their feet, take frequent breaks to sit. Another strategy that can help: Put one foot on a stool while you stand to change the position of the knee and ease the strain on your back. (Be sure to alternate the right and left feet.) If you work with your hands, such as typing or doing carpentry, frequently change activities so as to change the position of your body. If your work is sedentary, take breaks to get up, stretch and walk. That desk chairs allow you to adjust the position, may help in preventing unnecessary stress on the joints.
Lift weights properly and take care of your joints
If your job involves lifting objects, do not forget to bend your knees. This reduces the load on the back. Keep objects close to him, to reduce the load on the hands and wrists. Take heavy objects so that the load on the joints is minimized. If possible, ask colleagues to help, if your arthritis
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Reduce joint pain and deformation
With some advance planning, you can avoid unnecessary strain on the joints. If you need to climb the stairs, for example, do not think about anything else, except that you may need to go up and come down. Thus, you can minimize the number of lifts.
Use special tools
The wheel was amazing invention. So use it. Folding metal trolleys, tea trolleys, suitcases or briefcases with wheels - a great way to move things from place to place without having to carry them. If you buy a truck, try a few models to find the one with which you feel better. Ideally, folding carts should be strong, but light, the handle should be comfortable for your hands.
Try assistive devices
Today, many types of tools and gadgets are available in designs made especially to minimize the stress on the joints, especially the hands and fingers. Examples include:
- Ergonomic computer keyboard. Designed to your hands and wrists are aligned to minimize pinching of nerves in the wrist. Some ergonomic keyboard can be adjusted, allowing you to find the position that is most comfortable for you.
- Extensions for door handles. These smart devices that eliminate the need for you to handle clasped his hand - that can be painful if you have arthritis in your hands or fingers.
- Stands for books. If your work involves using books or manuals, Stand books are a great way to minimize the strain on your hands. Another convenience - a device for reading electronic books, which tend to be much lighter than regular books, and can be conveniently located on your desktop.
- Holders for pens and pencils. If you are using a pencil at work, buy a pencil holder that fits over it, creating a much wider grip for the fingers. Some handles are sold with built-holders.
- Ergonomic tools. Many of the tools from screwdrivers scissors to have a shape specifically designed to minimize the pain at the joints
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. Because no two people with arthritis, it is advisable to try several models of tools to choose the one that is best for you.
Reduce stress and relieve pain in the joints
The main purpose for people with arthritis - to reduce the pain, and the pain comes in many ways. Stress, depression and fatigue can also increase the pain. Therefore, in addition to practical techniques and special tools in order to minimize the total voltage, it is important to find ways to relieve stress and maintain a positive outlook.
After learning some specific relaxation techniques such as progressive relaxation and meditation
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You can help yourself. A little time during the day spent on the exercises is also shown to help relieve stress
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and depression. Such exercises have the added benefit of strengthening joint muscles and improve flexibility, experts say. This in turn may help relieve the pain of arthritis.