Take Control of Your Days and Your Arthritis!
By Donna Stark
You've already accepted the fact that you may not be able to run a triathlon again or crochet as many blankets as you used to, but limiting your daily household chores and self-care tasks? No way! This arthritis joint pain has gotten way out of hand and it is time to fight back! If you are finding that your typical day is under attack and if you feel that you are at a disadvantage with your arthritis condition, keep reading. The following tips are sure to make your everyday household tasks much easier to complete.
There are several suggestions you can follow when it comes to laundry day. To start off, and if it is possible, try to have your washer and dryer on the same floor as your bedrooms and closets. This can help you avoid carrying heavy loads up and down the stairs. You can also load your baskets onto a cart, limit the number of loads you wash each time, invest in an ergonomic clothing basket, and have someone help you.
Giving Your Hands a Break
If you suffer from arthritis in your hands, cleaning your home can be downright painful! So ditch the heavy, bulky bottles and transfer the product into smaller containers that are more user-friendly. You can also substitute the liquid cleaners for detergent pods, which are so much easier to deal with, and make sure you have cleaning supplies on each floor of your home so you don't have to worry about lifting and carrying them up and down the stairs.
How many kitchen gadgets do you really need? Well, as many as it takes to make your life easier! Invest in some arthritis-friendly tools such as vegetable choppers, lid grippers, electric can openers, food processors, toaster ovens, two-handled saucepans, reaching tools, turntables, and rubber-padded utensils. It's also a good idea to organize your kitchen so that the items you use most are within reach.
Gardening Done Right
Maintain the same type of strategies for your outside work as you do for the inside of your home. Lift and carry smaller loads, use wheelbarrows or carts, eliminate extra bending with long-handled tools, purchase gardening gloves that have a rubber grip, and move your flowers and plants to a higher level with raised garden beds.
Maintaining Your Active Lifestyle
It's important to stay as active as you can, so don't let your arthritis get in the way! By pacing yourself, making simple adjustments, using the right tools, and asking for help, you can find ways to relieve the stress on your joints while still taking care of yourself and your home. Don't limit your lifestyle, limit the control that arthritis has over your life instead!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Culver City, Calif.