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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

Even At This Age . . .

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. . .an old buddy was worried

about an on-line date he’d made.

I suggested they meet in a gym

and if she didn’t show up

then he’d know they wouldn’t work out.

Positive Attitude Negates Arthritis Pain

Millions of Americans live with arthritis, which occurs in more than 100 forms and at varying levels of severity. But not everyone copes in the same way, even among those with similar signs and symptoms.

People with a positive, proactive attitude are likely to experience less pain and fewer limitations from their arthritis than those who are more negative. And when people feel in control, they’re more likely to use medical-treatment options effectively, medical experts report..

The following are some healthy lifestyle measures that can help people cope with arthritis.

–Reduce stress, because stress increases muscle tension than can worsen arthritis pain. This can set off a cycle of increased pain, decreased ability to function, and more stress.

–Take time to relax in a variety of ways; meditation and prayer can calm your minds while massage or slow and deep breathing help relax muscles. Exercise, such as yoga or tai chi, often enhances relaxation.

–Understand your pain by learning the difference between pain associated with general joint discomfort and what is caused by joint overuse.

–Know when to rest. The feeling of fatigued joints may be a signal to back off or change activities. Painful, inflamed joints may require total rest temporarily or even an immobilizing splint. Whole body rest also is important. If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, talk to your doctor about strategies to improve sleep. During the day, rest before you become too tired.

–Use “assistive” devices, such as as jar openers, specially designed kitchen knives, devices to extend your reach, and aids to help you dress, to make common daily tasks less harmful to your joints.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 16, 2022 at 3:00 am

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