Helping you to help yourself
Whichever type of arthritis you have, it’s important to start looking after your joints as soon as possible. Your occupational therapist will show you how to reduce the strain on your joints. This is known as joint protection. It doesn’t mean you should stop using your joints, just that you should try to use them differently. for example by:
- spreading the load over several joints
- allowing larger, stronger joints to take more of the strain
- making sure you’re not twisting or straining your joints when you use them.
You can read more about these techniques in the section looking after your joints when you have arthritis. They can be applied to household, leisure or work activities.
Your occupational therapist can also advise on how to manage the fatigue that’s often associated with arthritis by:
- balancing activities with rest
- planning ahead
- prioritising your tasks.
Relaxation techniques can help to counter the effects of stress and fatigue, and can help with pain control.