How to Live a Full Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-15
  • Publisher: How to Books Ltd
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Manage your Rheumatoid Arthritis by becoming an 'expert patient'...This book will enable you to: - UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND THE MEDICATION INVOLVED - REDUCE THE PAIN THAT YOU EXPERIENCE - USE JOINT PROTECTION TECHNIQUES - APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE AND GOOD POSTURE - RELAX AND MANAGE YOUR STRESS - ADAPT TO THE CHANGES IN YOUR WORKING AND LEISURE LIFE - ACHIEVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK There's also an A-Z of wellbeing and a list of useful resources. Revised and updated second edition. REVIEWS: "In this unique book a highly trained occupational therapist offers her experience both as a patient and as a therapist in what to expect and how to cope with this condition." Adam Young, Consultant Rheumatologist" AUTHOR BIOG: At the age of 32, with three small children, Jasmine Jenkins was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Having benefited personally from Occupational Therapy she trained to become a fully qualified Occupational Therapist herself. She wrote this book from the perspective of practitioner and patient in the belief that it will help others to manage this condition positively and well. CONTENTS: Preface Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction 1. What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? 2. Pain and discomfort key issues 3. Understanding medication 4. How to protect your joints and reduce pain 5. Equipment and adaptations 6. The importance of exercise and good posture 7. How to relax and manage your stress 8. Work and leisure 9. R.A and relationships 10. Achieving a positive outlook Appendix - The Work of the Occupational Therapist A-Z guide to well-being Useful resources References Index.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?p. 1
The immune systemp. 2
The function of the jointp. 2
How rheumatoid arthritis affects the jointp. 3
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis: the differencesp. 4
The importance of an early diagnosisp. 4
The unpredictability of rheumatoid arthritisp. 6
A personal scenariop. 8
Pain and Discomfort: The Key Issuesp. 11
Coping with painp. 11
Understanding painp. 13
The pain gatep. 14
The Tens machinep. 15
Massagep. 15
Acupuncturep. 16
Distractionp. 17
Natural pain-killersp. 17
Nutritionp. 18
Relaxationp. 20
Posturep. 20
The pain diaryp. 21
Splintingp. 22
Medicationp. 22
Surgeryp. 23
A personal scenariop. 24
Understanding Medicationp. 26
Medication for rheumatoid arthritisp. 27
New treatmentsp. 32
Complementary therapiesp. 34
A personal scenariop. 37
How to Protect Your Joints and Reduce Painp. 39
Conserving your energyp. 40
Avoiding static positionsp. 42
Discouraging deformitiesp. 43
A personal scenariop. 48
Equipment and Adaptationsp. 52
Equipment for the kitchenp. 53
Equipment and tips for personal carep. 56
Clothingp. 57
Selecting furniturep. 60
Adaptationsp. 62
The Importance of Exercise and Good Posturep. 64
Planning your exercisep. 64
Exercise at the tablep. 66
Useful yoga exercisesp. 67
Exercises for the carp. 71
Exercises for the chairp. 72
Standing exercisesp. 72
Exercises at the kitchen sinkp. 73
Exercises on the bedp. 73
Exercises for the bathp. 73
Hydrotherapy and swimmingp. 74
The benefits of exercisep. 75
A personal scenariop. 76
Good posturep. 77
Guidelines for good posturep. 79
How to Relax and Manage Your Stressp. 83
Symptoms of stressp. 84
A definition of stressp. 85
Why stress occursp. 85
Restoring the balancep. 87
The fight or flight responsep. 90
LEarning to relaxp. 90
The postures of stressp. 91
Getting startedp. 92
A personal scenariop. 97
Work and Leisurep. 99
The benefits of employmentp. 99
Factors that help you stay in employmentp. 100
Changing workp. 103
Disability benefitsp. 105
A personal scenariop. 106
Avoiding the downward spiralp. 109
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Relationshipsp. 111
Asking for helpp. 112
Making changesp. 113
Rheumatoid arthritis and sexp. 114
A personal scenariop. 116
Achieving a Positive Outlookp. 118
Dealing with the diagnosisp. 118
How we deal with lossp. 119
Becoming an expert patientp. 122
The benefits of active copingp. 122
Helpful supportp. 123
A personal scenariop. 126
Helping yourselfp. 127
Appendix: The Work of the Occupational Therapistp. 129
A-Z Guide to Wellbeingp. 133
Useful Resourcesp. 141
Referencesp. 147
Indexp. 151
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