Rheumatoid arthritis pain can take a toll on your daily activities. The good news is there are ways to reduce and even prevent the pain before it starts.
Here are 5 ways to help you ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis
Take Care of your Joints
Always be thinking about your joints and how you can protect them, even when doing small daily activities. For example, instead of lifting something heavy, slide it or ask for help. When reading, hold a book in the palm of your hands instead of with our fingers.
Talk with your physician about which type of exercise is safe for you. Exercise can help to keep joint pain at bay as well as give you more energy and improve your mood. Don’t exercise when your joints are inflamed and always take a break if you feel pain.
Stretching your joints daily could ease your rheumatoid arthritis pain. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may feel stiffer in the morning than at other times of the day. Take a shower in the morning to loosen up your joints and then stretch. Talk to your doctor about receiving a tailored stretching program specifically for your needs.
Taking breaks can help relax your mind, reduce the tiredness that is associated with the disease and ease the pain in your joints.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight can add stress to your weight-bearing joints such as the knees, back and hips. There are studies showing that fat tissue may even produce chemicals that can increase inflammation. Maintaining a healthy weight will help to avoid inflammation and added stress.