How do I start to use joint protection techniques?
Following all the suggestions in this section would be a lot to change all at once, and changing the habits of a lifetime can be difficult to do.
It’s a good idea to change things bit by bit. You might find it helps to write down the benefit you’ll get from making the changes. You could set yourself a goal each week to change two or three things – start with something that’s causing you most pain and try following the steps:
- Work out another way of doing the task which causes less pulling or pain on your joints.
- Practise the new movements until you get them right and feel comfortable doing them.
- Keep practising until the new movements become automatic.
- If possible get a friend or a family member to remind you if you slip into bad habits.