Good Posture

Correct posture is simple but very important way to keep the many complex structures in the back and spine healthy. It is much more than cosmetic, good posture and back support are dangerous to reducing the incidence and levels of back pain and neck pain. Back support is especially important for patients who spend many hours sitting in an office chair or standing throughout the day. As each day brings new challenges, coping with the pain and discomfort of arthritis can be devastating.

Tips to cope with arthritis

One way to reduce pain is to build life around wellness, not pain or sickness. This means thinking positive thoughts, having a sense of humor, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, surrounding with positive people and enjoying activities with friends and family. Good posture is key to minimizing the stress on joints as well as the spine. To stand with good posture keep feet 12 inches apart, with the outside of the feet forming two parallel lines. Keep weight evenly distributed between both feet and keep shoulders drawn back and down to lift and broaden chest. The chin should be parallel with the ground. To help keep good posture imagine a string attached to the top of the head gently lifting you up. Losing weight can take pressure off of the knees. Every time takes a step the force or pressure, across the knees and hips is two to three times body weight. The more weight one carries the more pressure there is on the joint. The more pressure on the joint the more pain and the faster the joint deteriorates. Losing just 10 pounds can take about 30 pounds of pressure off the knees while walking. Sleep restores the energy so that one can better manage pain. It also rests the joints to reduce pain and swelling. Most people need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If someone feels tired and achy after lunch every day, taking a brief nap can help restore your energy and spirits.

What pain?

One way to take the mind off pain is to focus on something else. The amount of time one spends thinking about pain has a lot to do with how much discomfort one feels. People who stay on their pain usually say their pain is worse than those who do not dwell on it.