Arthritis Today readers answered the question: How do you make household chores easier on your arthritis? Here’s what they had to say:
To minimize trauma on your body and joints while cleaning, first warm up by walking around the house. Then follow these joint-friendly easy cleaning moves.
Common mistake: Bending from the waist.
Typical tasks: Unloading washer, dryer and dishwasher; gathering and picking up items; washing dishes; ironing; cleaning under furniture; scrubbing tubs; making beds.
- Follow the old saying, “bend with your knees, not your back.” Slightly flex knees, and keep a hollow in your back.
• When standing, minimize back pressure by placing one foot on an elevated surface, such as a stepstool or bottom shelf.
• When unloading, use a “golfer’s lift.” Simply kick back the leg opposite your extended arm.
• Kneel or get help for floor-level or awkward tasks.