We’re coming to the end of Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week in the UK but we wanted to share as much information as we can while RA still has the limelight.
In our time we have shared researched and written about topics surrounding both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis:
1. Rheumatoid Arthritis and the importance of an early diagnosis
2. The difference between osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
3. Yoga for Arthritis
4. Arthritis and sleep
5. Connection between Psoriasis & Arthritis
6. Benefits of water-based activities for Arthritis
7. Food to avoid for those who have Arthritis
Today we would like to talk about living with someone who has rheumatoid arthritis and how you can help them with the pain.
When we think of arthritis in general, we think pain, discomfort and lack of mobility. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect a person’s physical and emotional health but what we don’t think about is how it affects their relationships with other such as family and friends.
When you live with or care for someone in your family who has Rheumatoid Arthritis, when they suffer you suffer. It can be hard to watch and all you want to do is comfort them and take the pain away. But How?
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
This is a deep relation technique that can help relieve stress, anxiety, and chronic pain. The Arthritis Foundation have a great 10 step process on how to practice progressive muscle relaxation.
Always Have a Bag of Frozen Peas in the Freezer
Why Peas? It’s because the bag can be molded around your loved ones painful and swollen joints. Not forgetting that keeping things cool can offer them relief.
Physical activities like yoga, tai chi and aqua aerobics can help reduce the pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is something can be done together so while both of you are stretching muscles and burning calories, you have an activity that you can do together.
Helping your loved one keep to a healthy weight will help ease the stress on their joints and decrease the pain. While it can be hard to monitor what another person eats each day it could be a fun idea to include yourself in the diet plan. You are both in this together.
For many, diving into these activities together may not seem like a lot but letting your loved one know that you are with them every step of the way can help them both emotionally and psychologically. Just remember to be patient and loving with each step and over time you will fall into a great routine in collectively caring and treating your loved ones Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Want to make it a little easier in the kitchen for your loved one? Why not try out our Uccello Kettle today with its simple and easy power pour technology. It’s a breeze for those Rheumatoid Arthritis.