Tips for working with Arthritis by Dubai Rheumatologist
Working 9 to 5 in the office environment, especially when you have arthritis, can be a daunting task. Even in a desk job, sitting for long periods of time can take its toll on the joints. Regular movement is essential to keep your joints flexible and mobile, as an eight-hour workday stuck in a cubicle can be counterproductive for the treatment process.
Here are a few tips for office-goers, to help maintain your 9 to 5 schedule as pain-free as possible:
Sit up straight – don’t slump. Sitting up straight keeps the spine aligned properly, prevents lower back pain, and keeps your neck from straining.
Keep your keyboard at a comfortable distance – so your arms can rest easily on your desk while you sit up straight. The farther away your keyboard is, the more you have to lean to reach it. That means adding unnecessary strain on your neck, shoulders, and arms.
Use props for comfort. A keyboard rest, or even a small pillow can help you get the most comfort out of your workplace.
Grab the opportunity to get up and walk around. Getting a glass of water — or walking over to a coworker’s desk instead of sending an email — incorporates some movement into an otherwise sedentary lifestyle.
Exercise while sitting at your desk, by extending and stretching your legs.
Stay organized. While movement is important, unnecessary stretching and pulling could tire you out quicker than you want. So keep all the stuff that you need – like paper, electronic devices etc., within reach.
Move around if you have to stand for long periods of time. Standing in one position all day can increase stiffness. Look for an excuse to bend your knees if you stand all day. Stooping down for a second gives the knees a chance to release built-up pressure from standing up all day.
Stretch. If your knees hurt, take some time to stretch them out, even if it’s as simple as trying to touch your toes. Slowly roll your head around to loosen your neck muscles. Make a tight fist then stretch out your fingers to get blood flowing to the joints in your hands.
Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
Talk to your boss. Telling your employer about your arthritis can be beneficial, as it will help them understand your limitations. Get a letter from your doctor if necessary. Informing your employer can help you obtain a position that doesn’t require standing all day or access to devices to help you do your job more effectively.
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