Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tips for Managing Daily Life
Updated: Jun 8
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that damages the joints causing stiffness, pain, and joint damage. Although it may be challenging to manage, there are ways to lessen symptoms and continue living a fulfilling life. Here are some tips to help with managing your RA:
Stay Active with Exercise
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it is critical to keep your muscles and joints healthy and flexible. Exercising regularly is essential, and low-impact sports such as yoga, walking, cycling, and swimming are excellent options. It can be helpful to pick an activity that generally feels good and that you enjoy! Speak with your doctor or physical therapist to develop a personalized fitness regimen that is both safe and effective.
Rest and Relaxation Finding a balance between physical activity and rest is critical for rheumatoid arthritis management. Pacing yourself and taking breaks can help prevent fatigue and pain. Consider incorporating techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or gentle stretching into your routine to promote relaxation and stress management. Learning to listen to your body and take care of yourself is essential in the management of any chronic condition.
Healthy Diet & Nutrition
Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is important for managing rheumatoid arthritis. Certain foods, like fatty fish, leafy greens, nuts, and berries, are known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve your overall health. Consulting with a registered dietitian <link to schedule w/ Jen> can help you develop a personalized nutrition plan that fits your specific needs and preferences. Making changes to your diet may be challenging but it can be made easier by considering what you can add rather than take away! Providing our body with a variety of anti-inflammatory foods can make a significant impact on managing RA symptoms and improving quality of life.
Managing pain is crucial in managing rheumatoid arthritis. Taking a holistic approach with your healthcare team can make a huge difference. Mind-body techniques have shown considerable benefits in helping some types of chronic pain. Physical therapy or occupational therapy work to optimize joint mobility and decrease pain. Additionally, over-the-counter pain medications and topical creams can help alleviate mild to moderate pain. Schedule an appointment with Aila Health's Physical Therapist today.
A Shoulder to Lean on: Emotional Support
Managing the ups and downs of living with a chronic ailment can be stressful. To deal with the emotional effects of rheumatoid arthritis, think about joining a support group or getting counseling. Join Aila Health’s weekly autoimmune circle to connect with chronic illness warriors like you.
Managing rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult but incorporating these tips can help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Consult with your doctor or healthcare provider to create a treatment plan that is unique to you. Stay active with exercise, rest and relax, eat a healthy diet, manage pain, and seek emotional support as needed.
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