How to Avoid Joint Pain While Gardening This Summer
When you’re living witharthritis or achy joints, everyday tasks can become a
challenge. Even something as simple and soothing as gardening can cause
discomfort. But this doesn’t have to be your
experience this summer. There are many ways to nurture your green thumb without
putting your joints at risk.
If you love to spend time gardening in the summer sun but are worried
about joint pain or stiffness, here are a few simple tips you can follow.
Having a plan in hand can make gardening a breeze! Do you foresee multiple trips up and down the garden? Grab
a wheelbarrow, tug, or bucket to ease the strain on your hands, wrists, elbows,
and shoulders. Heavy lifting ahead of you? Why not ask a friend or
neighbor to help out, or even one of your kids or grandkids?
Decide beforehand what you need help with and what you can
handle yourself, and turn your gardening into a fun social occasion where everyone
lends a hand!
Gardening is a great way to stay active, but the repetitive motions involved can lead to swelling and joint
pain. Fortunately, you don’t have to be on your feet the whole time to get the
Loosen the load on your weight-bearing joints by using a
garden stool instead of standing or kneeling. Sure, you might not be able to
reach as far, but you’ll be closer to the ground and able to use lighter,
shorter tools. You can also purchase long-reach or extendable tools.
Avoid sitting in one spot too long
though, as this can cause stiffness and make rising more difficult. Get
up from time to time to grab a glass of water or stretch your legs with a quick
stroll in the sun.
Choosing the right gardening tools for each task can save you from sore
hands later. You can reduce any jarring of the joints
and strain on your knuckles if you use tools
with a good grip. When it comes to hoes and rakes, slip a spongy rubber sleeve over the handle for a better
Some gardening tasks can be managed easier while
wearing a splint. Weak or painful wrists can be supported with a wrist splint, while thumb splints can be helpful for tasks
like pruning that require a tight grip. Consult with an occupational therapist
for a more customized solution.
A successful gardening session requires patience. Give your
joints a rest by switching jobs every 20 minutes or so, even if you weren’t
quite finished yet—you can always go back to it later.
Take breaks between jobs as needed and use a timer to pace yourself.
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