How can I find a less tiring position to work in?
Standing for long periods or working in a cramped position can make you ache and feel more tired. Try the following to see if they help:
- Change positions more often.
- Stretch your arms and legs from time to time to help prevent them becoming stiff.
- Make sure that work surfaces are at the correct height and that you don’t have to stoop or stretch as you work at them.
- Try sitting instead of standing – a lot of tasks that you might normally do in a standing position can be done just as well sitting on a stool.
- Consider whether your seat is comfortable, supportive and the right height and depth for you – your chair should be adjusted so your hips and knees are at right angles and you should have good support for your lower back.
If you need more advice on workplace adjustments, you and your manager can arrange a workplace assessment. An occupational therapist or a Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) can do this – you cane get in touch with a DEA through your local Jobcentre Plus office. A DEA or occupational therapist can advise you on changing the way you work and on equipment that may help you to do your job more easily. If necessary, a DEA can also help with retraining for more suitable work.
If you haven't told your employer that you have arthritis, an occupational therapist can also give you advice about changes you could make without visiting your workplace.