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How can I use less effort to do things?

You might want to try the following:

  • Use labour-saving gadgets, which can be found at many department stores or supermarkets. Examples include vegetable peelers with chunky non-slip handles and battery/electric-powered can openers, but many others are available. An occupational therapist or some of the organisations listed in Who else can help me to look after my joints? can help you find these.
  • Reduce the weight of what you lift.
  • If you can’t reduce the weight, shift, not lift – use a trolley or wheelbarrow, or try sliding objects across the work surface.

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