Energy Conservation Techniques


The goal of using techniques to save energy is to allow you to increase your level of activity without increasing fatigue. The other goal is to help you have enough energy to do the activities you enjoy!

The following are Energy Conservation Techniques:

  • Plan ahead:
  • Organize tasks to reduce clutter and prevent extra movement
  • Delegate work to others
  • Schedule your activities throughout the day and week by breaking down tasks and setting realistic priorities
  • Schedule rest:
  • Balance work and rest periods
  • Practice proper body mechanics:
  • Adjust work heights to reduce unnecessary strain to your neck, back or arms
  • Limit overhead work
  • Alternate hands frequently when working overhead
  • Use long-handled tools
  • Place and store items at chest level or below for easy reach
  • Limit activities where muscles are continually tensed and not moving:
  • Release grip, alternate hands
  • Use tools or adapted equipment to make the job easier
  • Breathe evenly to maintain a steady supply of oxygen to your tissues
  • Reduce stress:
  • Monitor tension, anticipate fatigue and stress-related activities
  • Modify activities to reduce stress and fatigue
  • Learn relaxation techniques
  • Exercise to tolerance
This educational website contains information on Rheumatoid Arthritis, joint protection principles, energy conservation techniques and adaptive equipment.
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