There are many medications for rheumatoid arthritis, but the painful episodes remain a fact of life. The good news is that there are many things you can do to reduce and even prevent the pain. "It's something that affects all life, so you want to find ways to perform activities while protecting the joints and respect your body," says Rhonda Reininger, associate director of the department of physical therapy and occupational therapy at NYU Hospital Joint Diseases. Instead of lifting a heavy pot, you should let them slip through the inn, use the shoulder to open a door and not the hand and hold the books with the palms, not your fingers. Exercise can be a key component to keep out the pain in the joints. Can also give you more energy and improve your mood. Hiking, biking, swimming and doing light weight lifting three times a week for 30 minutes can deliver these benefits, but check with your doctor to make sure they are safe for you. You should avoid heavy weights and start with short periods of exercise until you know how it will feel to exercise. If you have pain for more than an hour later, it has been exaggerated. Other tips: Do not exercise when your joints are inflamed, take a break when you feel pain and rotate positions periodically to perform tasks such as gardening or cooking. Assuming that you are pain free, Reininger says you should try to stretch all your joints every day to the extent that does not cause pain. People with rheumatoid can opener for arthritis tend to feel a strong pain in the morning than at other times of day, so take a shower to warm up your joints, and then stretch to help loosen the joints the day. Taking a break can relax the mind, relieve joint pain and help reduce the fatigue often associated with the disease. How much rest do you need? "The rest depends on the strength of a person," says Reininger. However, avoid too much rest. A sedentary lifestyle can be detrimental so it is advised to rest periods interspersed with periods of activity. In addition, moist heating pads, available in most pharmacies, can be applied 10 to 15 minutes to provide temporary pain relief. If you have pain in the joints of the hands or feet, a hot wax bath can relieve inflammation. (This is a classic technique used by sports-related injuries. ). Reininger says this may work better than a heating pad, since, as soaking in a hot water bath, the heat works its way completely around the fingers or toes. Being overweight can cause excessive pressure and adverse effects on weight-bearing joints such as knees, back and hips. Studies have shown that fat tissue can produce chemicals that can increase inflammation, this is something that patients with rheumatoid can opener for arthritis should avoid. Certain types of tools can help make daily tasks less painful. Pens, knives, can openers, zipper pulls, and other products are available to help protect your joints. It is difficult to predict when a crisis may occur in which the joints become stiff and swollen, or when you overdo exercise. Because you can not predict these events is a good idea to be prepared and have a plan for problems before they arise. Reininger says you should ensure that any activity can be completed to start somewhere in between. Break tasks into sections: planting a plant in the garden one day and another the second day rather than all at once. And exercise is not necessary to do 30 minutes at a time, try three sessions with 10 minute increments throughout the day. . . .