Friday, April 17, 2015

“Work Smarter, Not Harder” at Library

Kristi is seen with Librarian Deb Cameron.
The Greenville Public Library is proud to host Kristi Rambis, Occupational Therapist from Western Ohio Therapy, for a free educational program “Work Smarter, Not Harder - How to Reduce Pressure, Pain & Stress on the Joints“ on Thursday April 30th from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Meeting Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Kristi has been an occupational therapist for 27 years and is certified in the treatment of the hands. She can tell you how to use your hands and wrists properly in order to protect the joints and muscles - thus retaining their strength and flexibility through the years. The goal is to be able to keep doing the things you love.

Kristi says that people who do fine factory work, sew, quilt, crochet, pottery, etc are susceptible to pain if not taught proper techniques. The base of the thumb is the most likely place for arthritis to develop. Overuse and misuse of the joints can wear them down.

Some tips she will share are using mechanical assists, working for a specific length of time, and quitting while you still feel good. Don’t wait until pain sets in to stop an activity. It’s easy to become engrossed in what you’re doing and not realize you’ve overdone it until too late. She says to set a timer.

Kristi also recommends the use of tools that make the job easier. She’ll have examples on hand to demonstrate. As people age they can no longer do things the same way as before. “Use your head first,“ she says. Plan out your activity in steps, a “task analysis.”

This is an especially important message for this time of year when many people are doing outside tasks and gardening. Perhaps it‘s time to get someone else to till or to learn how to use a wheelbarrow or roller bench.

Kristi says her practical tips will “help keep the protective coating over the bones from wearing off due to friction at the joints.” Everyone’s goals are different in what is most important for him/her to be able to keep doing.

Space is limited so please call the Library at 548-3915 or sign up on Facebook! See you the 30th!

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