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Small changes to how you clean can reduce the impact on your joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stiffness and decreased muscle strength can make it hard 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.
Instead of devoting an entire day to housecleaning, clean just one area or room a day and focus on heavy traffic areas. Vary the tasks and the motions you use, so you don't overuse any one joint. Take frequent breaks.
Being strategic with your cleaning can help minimize the time and effort you spend on each task.
Protect your joints and muscles with these tips:
Physical activity is an excellent way to manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and cleaning keeps you moving. By making small changes to the way you clean, you can reap the benefits of the activity while minimizing the impact on your joints.
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