Jobs that are more physically demanding can be especially challenging for people with arthritis, and you’ll need to be careful about placing strain on your neck, shoulders, back and knees.
Keeping good posture while working on your feet is key to minimising your symptoms and managing pain. When standing, make sure you:
- Keep your shoulders square and relaxed
- Keep your chin up
- Keep your head aligned with your body
Whether you’re lifting heavy objects, climbing ladders, pushing/pulling objects, kneeling or bending to complete tasks, or doing work that requires repetitive actions, knowing how to perform these movements safely is important if you are to reduce the risk of injury.
For more information you can read the WORKWELL solution on Manual Handling.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also key to making manual work easier for yourself. Enjoying a healthy diet and exercising regularly will give you greater control when it comes to managing your condition and make it easier for you to do your job well.