You may notice that lately you are not doing the things that you once did. It does not have to be this way, you can still do the activities that you did prior to experiencing pain, just make some simple modifications.
Stay active by modifying your activities:
- Pace yourself: Break apart lengthy activities, as these tend to deplete energy.
- Adapt: Finding creative ways to do tasks using technology and assistive devices
- Delegate: If you find an activity too difficult or physically demanding, ask for help or assign it to someone else.
|Modification||Before you experienced pain||Now|
|Pace yourself||Spend entire day planting garden||Spend 1-2 hrs daily over 3-4 days|
|Adapt Activity||Chop/dice veggies w/knife for dinner||Use a food processor to assist with chopping|
|Delegate||Take out the trash, regardless of how heavy it is||Bag and collect all trash, but asked a loved one to take it out, because it is just too heavy|
Some simple ways to modify your day
|Maintain good posture– don’t overreach or twist||Bend your knees, not your back|
|Work sitting down when possible (use foot stool to keep knee level w. hips)||Push rather than pull heavy objects|
|Change positions & stretch every 20 minutes|