To help advocate for World Arthritis Day 2020 (12th of October), we thought it would be a great idea to answer some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding arthritis. We also have a 10% discount code you can use when buying Tenura products through our website.
Can Arthritis be Cured? / Can Arthritis be Treated?
Currently, a cure is not known for arthritis. However, there are many treatments available that can decelerate and help minimise the pain and other symptoms surrounding arthritis. If you believe you or someone you know has arthritis, seek a doctor’s advice immediately.
To treat arthritis, you can use prescribed medication. There are some lifestyle changes you can make too, such as spending more time in the sun, as Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and allows the autoimmune system to work correctly. Sunshine is especially helpful for those with rheumatoid arthritis which is often caused by an autoimmune response in the body. You can read more about this in our "Activities in the Sun for People with Arthritis" blog.
There are various operations doctors can perform depending on the type of arthritis and its severity, with the well-known being, joint replacement surgery. During this surgery, a prosthetic joint replaces an arthritic joint.
Can Arthritis Spread?
Rheumatoid arthritis is currently perceived to spread via a person’s blood vessels. If a person has rheumatoid arthritis their arthritic joint releases synovial cells contained in the synovial sac (the sac lubricate joints to avoid friction and wear), these cells travel around the body, affecting other joints-according to a study at the Kerckhoff-Clinic, Germany.
Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis does not spread through the body. Due to this, a person with osteoarthritis may overcompensate, heavily using other joints to remain balanced and mobile. Overcompensating can cause those other joints to have excess stress put through them, which can be damaging, and this is why it is crucial to seek a doctor’s advice as soon as symptoms of arthritis occur.
What does Arthritis Look Like?
Arthritis can cause edema (swelling) in the affected areas, along with red-ish skin. In acute cases, joints are misshapen, so much so, the affected area takes on a new shape resulting in a crooked finger or toe. Knobbly abscesses can contribute to the malformed appearance, these abscesses are the body trying to protect itself, as the joints wear down, the body attempts to regrow the bone, and it doesn’t always grow in the shape it once was. Another indication of arthritis is small mucous cysts that develop on the hands.
What does Arthritis Feel Like?
Initially, it is said to feel achy, similar to a burning sensation which comes and goes depending on your activity level. In the later stages, the pain tends not to subside and remains in the affected joints. Around affected joints, the skin may be warm to the touch due to inflammation caused by irritated joints. Joints tend to become stiff and seize up, which is why the NHS recommends exercise.
How can you Participate in World Arthritis Day 2020?
We are glad you asked, there are many ways you can support World Arthritis Day. You can raise awareness and spread knowledge through your family, friends and social media. You can participate in local healthcare organisation’s charity events, appeals or fundraisers. Perhaps you could start a fundraiser yourself or participate in a fun run.
One of the ways Tenura will be supporting World Arthritis Day is through our marketing channels. We will be posting helpful information all month regarding Arthritis and Tenura arthritis aids. You can learn more about Tenura arthritis aids through our blog.
We are also offering a special 10% discount on Tenura products that can be excellent adaptive equipment for people with arthritis in their hands and fingers. Type WAD10 at checkout.
The Tenura products that you can claim the 10% discount on are as follows:
Non-slip coasters and anti-slip mats provide a place to rest things such as mugs and plates, the silicone grips onto the objects which keeps them held in position. A person with arthritis may find these anti-slip mats to be helpful, as you can use them in conjunction with the silicone jar and bottle openers to open containers with one hand, allowing you to use the less arthritic hand.
Tenura Silicone Jar and Bottle Opener
Jar and bottle openers enable you to open containers with ease. Tenura silicone has grip-enhancing properties that allow you to get a firm grasp of lids. For a person living with arthritis, these openers can be a great help as pain, swelling, or other flare-up symptoms can make objects a struggle to hold.
Tenura Silicone Cutlery Grips
Arthritis can cause reduced movement in your hands and fingers that makes holding onto cutlery difficult. By sliding Tenura cutlery grips onto utensils, you no longer require the full motion used to clutch cutlery as the surface area is now greater.
Create bespoke arthritis aids using Tenura grip strips or rolls. You can cut Tenura silicone down to the size and shape required. Many of our customers who live with arthritis use the grip strips around handles of cupboards, pans, DIY and gardening tools, to mention a few. Tenura silicone is both a non-slip material and grip-enhancing, which is why it is perfect for use on handles, you can get a firm hold without the risk of things slipping out of your hands.
All the products listed above are made from Tenura silicone, which means they are:
- Antimicrobial (prevents bacteria harbouring)
- Washable by hand or dishwasher (withstanding temperatures up to 250°C)
- Non-toxic (safe to use in all environments)
To stay up-to-date with all the events and activities during World Arthritis Day 2020, you can follow the hashtags:
And follow us on our social media channels; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to tag us in your World Arthritis Day activities and claim the 10% discount to use on our website with the code WAD10.
Tenura Extreme grip mats are unlike any of our other daily living aids. This material does not offer the same kind of non-slip surface, but instead provides an incredibly tacky surface, helping to prevent all movement from any object placed on its surface!
This high-quality, tacky PU (polyurethane) material has received a very warm reception since we announced it. The grip levels it creates is incredible, which allows you to use Tenura Extreme non-slip mats in areas prone to movement, such as cars, mobile homes, and boats!
Motor homes & Caravans
When travelling around in a motorhome or caravan, you will use many items such as pots, pans, plates, and cutlery. These objects can freely move when travelling that could make an unwanted mess, cause damage to them, the aesthetics of the motorhome, or distract you whilst driving.
Tenura Extreme grip mats can prevent this eventuality. By creating such a tacky surface, Tenura Extreme grip mats stop all movement from objects in low and high movement areas, preventing G-force or lateral movement of the vehicle from moving the objects residing on it. Extreme grip mats are available in green and transparent, so depending on your needs, can be easily seen or virtually inconspicuous.
Cars, Vans, and Trucks
When driving in day-to-day life, most people have their phones, keys, and various other items resting on their dashboards, in their glove compartments, or cup holders, as it easy to access and can be used to play music or give directions to where you’re going. However, in the event of a small correction or swerve your phone, keys, glasses case, and many other items can disappear down the seats or fly onto you. In turn, they are creating a distraction that could lead to a crash. (we recommend the use of a phone cover to adhere your phone to the surface of the Tenura Extreme grip mat)
Tenura Extreme mats can provide a perfect surface to rest these items. The high-tack surface will prevent objects from moving. No more will your keys and phones fall down the sides of your seat!
In the house and on the go
Tenura Extreme mats have shown over the years to be very useful in many areas of everyday life we never gave a thought. One of the most interesting ideas we have had was to keep an iPad in place for a disabled person who would otherwise struggle to interact with the software on the tablet when the device is moving around (we recommend the use of a cover for a tablet before adhering it to the surface).
Extreme grip mats are perfect for many uses in the home, thanks to their secure grip and the fact that they leave no residue behind on a surface they have been applied to. One of the best tests which can demonstrate how helpful the tacky surface of Tenura extreme mats is on a dinner tray, the material will prevent all movement from bowls, plates, cups, and cartons, which could otherwise move around. Eating and drinking can be especially troublesome for those who suffer from disabilities which impair motor function and grip. This tacky grip mat will make sure that bowls, plates, and other items cannot move freely and will stay put.
Due to the level of grip exerted by Tenura Extreme mats, the silicone can get dirty quickly, as any dust particles, food fragments, or general dirt comes into contact with this material will stick firm. Most grip mats with this similar feature would have to be thrown away as washing them isn’t an option. Thankfully Tenura Extreme grip mats construction makes them easy to clean thoroughly without losing any of its properties. Applications of soap and water will be more than enough to clean this material. Once dry, the high-tack properties will return.
Tenura Extreme mats come in a transparent or green colour. The vibrant green colouring is a perfect aid for the visually impaired, creating an excellent marker for where an object may be resting. The transparent style of the Tenura Extreme mat creates a subtle high-tack surface without detracting from the looks or features of what resides on it.
Order a Tenura Extreme grip mat today!
When cooking, there are constant dangers all around you. One of the most common injuries is when an object slips or suddenly moves when you could be cutting or using hot utensils and pans, which can burn you or damage the worktop. Tenura anti-slip mats can be placed on any dry, flat surface to create a non-slip, heatproof area for chopping boards, mixing bowls and hot trays and pans. A clean and dry worktop is required for the mat to have a good bond. Once placed down, Tenura mats will create a non-slip surface, which will prevent any slips or heat damage from the objects resting upon it. Tenura table mats can also be applied to a dinner tray, preventing unwanted movement and, therefore, spillages.
Tenura anti-slip mats are an excellent surface to rest a chopping board on, helping to prevent all movement from the chopping board, reducing accidents. Many chopping boards are still without a non-slip base, increasing the risk of slips and injuries. Tenura kitchen non-slip mats minimise the possibility of this happening. Anti-slip mats are also a superb surface to use when using a mixing bowl, preventing movement, which could create a mess. For those who suffer from hand impairments and joint diseases, holding onto a mixing bowl or chopping board while using them can be very difficult. If unwanted movement is possible, it can make the whole experience more dangerous. By having a Tenura non-slip mat, more control and safety is a guarantee during the task in hand.
Tenura anti-slip mats can also be used in the cooking process, withstanding temperatures up to 250°C means they are perfect for resting hot bowls, pans, and plates on, with no worry of heat damage. Tenura anti-slip mats will prevent the pans, bowls, or plates from being easily knocked and spilling, preventing injury.
Tenura kitchen non-slip mats are useful in a commercial environment such as a busy café, restaurant, or kitchen. Tenura non-slip mats will provide a reliable and hygienic non-slip surface perfect for almost any task in the kitchen. Tenura's silicone products are antimicrobial, meaning that no dirt or bacteria can grow or harbor on them, ensuring a clean surface that is also easy to clean if dirt is present. Tenura understands the high levels of hygiene required in commercial kitchens, which is why Tenura mats are made from non-toxic silicone, meaning no chemicals can leach into any food prepared on the mat's surface!
Tenura anti-slip mats are available in sizes of 25.5cm x 18.5cm, 35.5cm x 25.5cm, and 45.5cm x 38.5cm and in the following colour options; red, blue, and yellow and are available to purchase directly from the Tenura website now.
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