Protect your joints as you clean when you have rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stiffness and decreased muscle strength can make it hard for you to perform many daily activities. Cleaning is often one of the more troubling tasks, as it requires lots of reaching, bending and grabbing that can be hard on your joints. Fortunately, changing the way you clean can make the job easier and less painful.

Pace yourself

Prepare your body for physical activity and do only as much as you can handle.

  • Warm up first. Cleaning is just like any other exercise, so walk around your home before getting started.
  • Prioritize your tasks. Clean only one room a day and focus on heavy traffic areas.
  • Take frequent breaks. Stand up and stretch gently at least every 15 minutes or so.
April 07, 2015 See more In-depth