Thanksgiving is coming up in a few weeks, so we wanted to re-visit the topics of joint protection and energy conservation.
Around the holidays people tend to over-do. Over-doing then leads to pain and fatigue which, in turn, causes many people to dread the holidays. We thought we’d go over a few tips to prevent holiday-fatigue.
Keep joint protection at the forefront of your mind. Whether you’re picking out that perfect turkey or lifting heavy pots of potatoes. Lift with your knees rather than your back and be sure to use your hands and thumbs in the best possible posture you can. If you haven’t been wearing those thumb arthritis braces, pull those out, you’ll want to wear them while cleaning or cooking.
More tips on joint protection:
- Get a pair of good non-slip pot holders in case your roasting pan is greasy.
- Wear your appropriate braces
- Sleep with your appropriate compression garments
Energy conservation will also be paramount while preparing for the feast. Prepare as much as you can ahead of time. Instead of doing everything on the day of Thanksgiving, spread out the preparation throughout the week or even two weeks prior.
Think of items that can be frozen ahead of time and later thawed. Trying to do everything the day before and the day of will leave you burnt out and unable to enjoy the holiday.
Another great idea is to begin new traditions. Perhaps ask your guests to bring a dish or invite family members over to help prepare.
For more information on joint protection and energy conservation, check out this video.
We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully with these tips you will avoid getting hurt this holiday season, but if you’re in need of assistance after an injury, make an appointment with LB Hand Therapy.