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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.

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