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Should I pay attention to posture when I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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Whether you sit or stand on the job, good posture is extra important with rheumatoid arthritis. If yours is off, it will stress your joints and can boost fatigue, even when you’re sitting down.

To get back in alignment, imagine a string from the ceiling to the top of your head. Then lift your head, neck, and shoulders upward along that string. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your pelvis upright -- don’t let it tilt forward or backward. And don’t lock your knees.

SOURCES:

Lacaille, D. , Oct. 15, 2004. Arthritis Care and Research

How Stuff Works: "How to Prevent Arthritis Pain."

Spine Universe: "Is Your Work Space Spine-Friendly?"

RA: "RA Management: A Practical Guide."

Koehn, C., Palmer, T., Esdaile, J. , Oxford University Press US, 2001. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Plan to Win

WebMD Medical Reference: "Assistive Devices for Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Lacaille, D. , Oct. 15, 2004. Arthritis Care and Research

How Stuff Works: "How to Prevent Arthritis Pain."

Spine Universe: "Is Your Work Space Spine-Friendly?"

RA: "RA Management: A Practical Guide."

Koehn, C., Palmer, T., Esdaile, J. , Oxford University Press US, 2001. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Plan to Win

WebMD Medical Reference: "Assistive Devices for Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 11, 2017

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