How to avoid pain and discomfort while gardening

The risk of injury from gardening is often underestimated. Still, gardening is hard work; you have to dig, rake, plant, etc. These activities put stress on your joints, connective tissues and muscles.

Take the necessary precautions when embarking on the maintenance of your garden. While it's a wonderful pastime, squatting in one spot for long periods of time can put you at risk of pain later.

You should also talk to your doctor if you have any undiagnosed pain. Here are some quick tips:

  1. Warm up before gardening

  2. Wear a splint or a knee brace

  3. Wear good shoes

  4. Use tools with long handles

  5. Install a standing work station

  6. Raise your garden beds

  7. Keep your body fit and healthy



The importance of warming up before gardening

Do you suffer from body aches? Gardening is good for the body and the mind, but if you do it regularly without warming up first, you increase the risk of injury.

We recommend a 10-minute warm-up session before undertaking any activity in the garden, as well as a stretching period of the same duration after your exercise. Joint mobilization and stretching prepare your body for the work ahead, and also help relieve tension after the work has been done.

Also, if you find it difficult to squat or bend down to weed, daily stretches can help you get more flexibility in your movements.

 

 

The Good Gardener's Posture

When lifting or pulling something, like a weed, bend your knees and contract your abs, keeping your back straight as you lift or snatch.

Avoid twisting your spine when moving objects sideways; instead pivot on your toes to rotate your whole body.

Using the right tools for your job will also help you maintain good posture. Also alternate positions to avoid stiffness or cramps.

Pay attention to the sensations in your body. If you feel pain, pause and stretch that part of the body in the opposite direction. Try to change positions as often as possible, especially if you're working in a small area for a while. Repetitive twists can put a lot of pressure on our spine.

 





A pair of knee pads for gardening

While it is ideal to avoid squatting while gardening to preserve your joints, certain tasks such as weeding, planting or harvesting require you to be at ground level. Thus, a soft form of support at the knees, such as a knee pad, helps to absorb shocks and avoid discomfort caused by the irregularity of the terrain (in addition to avoiding dirtying your pants).

 

There are many types of knee braces, but their main purpose is the same. Style, color and size are the main differences.

Our flexible fabric model without hard shell is ideal for working in the garden. With its layer of foam and its integrated gel ring that protects the patella, this knee pad will provide you with increased comfort and unparalleled versatility; whether you use it on the floor or simply to strengthen the strength of your joints during large movements or flexion.

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