Like many people, you probably do the same thing at work every day. You may be sitting, typing at your computer, standing, lifting or driving for much of your time on the job. All those repetitive tasks can take a toll on your joints, muscles and the rest of your body—especially if you’re living with arthritis.
Consider working the following into your daily routine – whether at work or at home:
- Keep moving: Take a break, get up, go for a walk. The best thing you can do for your body is to avoid sitting for too long, especially if you have arthritis.
- Drink water: Take that walk to the water cooler and fill up your bottle. Hydration helps! Add your favorite fruit, lemon, cucumber or even ginger if plain water doesn’t do it for you.
- Upgrade your workstation: Get an ergonomic chair, like one with an exercise ball instead of a seat, or a standing desk that allows you to either sit or stand by changing the height of your computer and your mouse. Try putting a foot rest under your feet while sitting.
- Stretch it out: There are a number of safe and beneficial exercises you can perform from the comfort of your desk chair or at home. For example: Clasp your hands together with your arms straight and your shoulders down, then reach towards the ceiling. (For more exercises, check out the Arthritis Society’s video, ‘Simple stretches to keep you moving at work’.)
It’s worth noting that many workers have benefits plans that offer coverage for massage. A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) can help you develop a routine for a home care plan that’s right for you, your condition and lifestyle. They can also use therapeutic massage to help alleviate the aches, pains, and stiffness associated with repetitive tasks.
Speak to your RMT about developing a routine that works for you. And check out the rest of the Arthritis Society’s information and resources for living with arthritis at work
The more you move, the better you’ll feel!
Claire Gavin is the RMT Development and Communications Manager at Massage Addict, Canada’s first and largest membership-based Massage Therapy company.