Aarthritis-37 Coping Strategies-[Part-3]
Choose lighter tools.
Lightweight eating and cooking utensils can keep
your hands from getting heavy with hurt.
Let automatic appliances do the work for you.
Electric can openers and knives, for instance, are
easier to operate than manual versions. An electric
toothbrush has a wider handle than a regular
Say no to scrubbing.
Spray pots and pans with nonstick cooking spray
and/or use cookware with a nonstick surface.
Consider getting a dishwasher, too, to save your
joints some work.
Keep your stuff within easy reach.
Adjust the shelves and racks in any storage area so
that you don't have to strain to reach the items you
need. Buy clothes with pockets to hold things you
use often and need close by, like a pair of glasses.
Use an apron with pockets to carry rags and
lightweight cleaning supplies with you as you do
your household chores. Store cleaning supplies in
the area in which they will be used. Keep the same
supplies in several places, such as the upstairs
bathroom and the downstairs bathroom as well as
Use a "helping hand" to extend your reach.
For those items you can't store nearby, buy a longhandled
gripper, the kind used in grocery stores to
grab items from top shelves. Make household
chores easier with a long-handled feather duster or
scrub brush. Grab your clothes from the dryer with
an extended-reach tool.
Don't overdo the housework.
Plan on tackling only one major cleaning chore a
day, whether it is doing the laundry or cleaning the
Velcro is the way to go.
Interlocking cloth closures on clothing and shoes
can save you the frustration of buttoning and lacing.
Walk this way up and down the stairs.
Lead with your stronger leg going up, and lead with
your weaker leg coming down.
Bend with your knees.
When reaching for or lifting something that's low
or on the ground, bend your knees and keep your
back straight as you lift.
Let loose with loops.
You won't need quite as tight a grip if you put loops
around door handles, such as those on the
refrigerator and oven. Have loops sewn on your
socks, too, then use a long-handled hook to help
you pull them up.
Dig out that little red wagon.
Heavier loads will be out of your hands if you use a
wagon or cart that glides along on wheels. Use it to
tote groceries or baskets of laundry, for instance.
Read with ease.
Lay your newspaper out on the table rather than
holding it up to read. Likewise, lay a book flat or
use a book stand to give your hands a break as you
Sit on a stool in the tub.
A specially made stool can give you a steady place
to shower and can ease your way in and out of the
Plant yourself on a stool in the garden.
Sitting, rather than stooping, over your flower beds
or vegetable garden may help reduce the stress on
your back and legs.
Ask for help.
Don't be afraid to ask your family members or
friends for assistance when you need it. As the
saying goes, many hands make light work. By
sharing the load, you'll have more time and energy
for the people and activities you enjoy.
Contact the Arthritis Foundation.
The Arthritis Foundation can let you know of joint friendly
or energy-saving items specially made for
use by arthritis sufferers. Call the Arthritis
Foundation Information Line at 800-283-7800,
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Eastern time, to talk to a skilled operator who can
answer your questions about arthritis.
Telephones : Sms:0091-988-885-8077, Reception:0091-186-223-5088, Fax:0091-186-222-5077
Email : InternationalAstroNetwork@Gmail.Com
Facebook : Www.Facebook.Com/AstroNetwork
Blogspot : Www.AstroIntl.BlogSpot.Com